Average Al Horford (as he’s been dismissively called) just keeps slogging along.
It’s been almost a month since we issued our first Average Al Report.*
In tonight’s action, Al posted 17 points on 8 for 10 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Outside the box score, we counted 14 contested shots (unofficial), which would continue to place him in the NBA’s top 10 players in that category.
Currently, Horford ranks #1 among power forwards with a 5.4 in ESPN’s (admittedly, opaque) “RPM” rankings for the entire NBA.
(Of course, we’re not sure what the average power forward ranking is to compare it to Al’s 5.4 score. But we’re pretty sure it’s above average. Dramon Green, comes in second with a score of 3.81. Anthony Davis, at #6, scores a 2.9.)
“Average Al Horford” quotation of the Day
“I will say Al Horford to me has always been a very underrated defender.
“And he’s a quarterback out there. I’ve seen it up close how he leads a defense, how he talks on defense. He’s intelligent. He’s athletic. He can play multiple positions. It’s nice when you have a key veteran out there.”
Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson
It makes Al Horford one of the best quarterbacks Boston has ever seen. Yes, we’ve heard of Tom Brady; we said “one of the best.”
* — Special thanks again to WEEI for its timely post of Oct. 18 assigning the “Average Al Horford” putdown-nickname.
Since that post, the Celtics are 13-0, leading the NBA in defensive efficiency, and in the top 5 in scoring differential.