Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player who is a center and power forward for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Horford played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was the starting center on the Florida Gators teams that won back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006and 2007. Horford accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007. On the final home game of the season, on March 4, 2007 against Kentucky, Horford became the fourth on his team to score 1,000 career points. On April 2, 2007, Horford and the rest of the Gators became the first team to repeat as national champions since the 1991–1992 Duke Blue Devils, and the first ever to do so with the same starting lineup. On June 28, 2007, he was selected 3rd overall by Atlanta Hawksin the 2007 NBA Draft behind Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. Horford made a big impact on the Hawks in his rookie year, starting 77 out of 82 games and averaging 10.1 points, and 9.7 rebounds. During his 2007–2008 rookie season, Horford was honored as Rookie of the Month on four separate occasions: November, February, March and April. Following his impressive statistics in the fourth NBA season, Horford was selected to the All-Star game as a reserve, and was also selected to the All-NBA Third Team.
Becoming an All Star is an important milestone in the career of an NBA star, and NBA greats are judged by – among other things – the number of times they earned that ‘All Star’ moniker. The results of the fan ballot for this year’s starters will be announced on January 22 and the full roster with the fan’s votes will be out on January 29. But before that happens, here is my list of who deserves to make the NBA All Star teams this season.
NBA Playoff Preview: Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks
Prediction: PACERS in FIVE Despite Indiana’s semi-collapse late season, where they’ve gone 11-13 since the beginning of March, there is very little chance of the Atlanta Hawks upsetting the Eastern Conferences’ number one seed (Indiana had lost five of … Continue reading →