By: Evan Singleton
Al Horford is constantly overlooked and discounted when anyone is discussing NBA star players. However, night in and night out he is out there doing his job and leading his team to victories.
The NBA has come to a point where scoring is king. I get that and in most cases it makes sense. However, even while valuing scoring so extremely, we should not forget about all other statistics and variables to consider.
Al Horford is a career 14 point-per-game player. He grabs about 9 rebounds a game and is a phenomenal passer for his position. I will admit 14 and 9 don't jump out at anyone when looking at a box score, but watching Al Horford actually play is far different. Things like deflections, shot disruptions, pass-to-assists, and clutch baskets do not show up in the paper the next day.
Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion, is in a similar boat. When talking about all-time greats, many decide to leave Russell out of the conversation. Why? Well, because his scoring statistics were not thrilling. Russell averaged about 15 points per game during his career. That said, if you ask individuals that watched him play, they'd probably prefer him over a guy like Wilt Chamberlain. Why? Similarly to Horford, it is what he did on the court that matters. It is the things that never showed up in the box score.
Al Horford at least deserves every NBA fans' nod to be considered a "star." Without bringing lists like top-20 or top-25 into play, you should be able to at least acknowledge him as a star in this league.
I am not claiming Horford is this MVP-worthy superstar. Keep that in mind, but try to watch what he contributes. Sure stats are plenty important. However, actual play weighs plenty more... at least in my eyes.
Disclaimer: I am not saying Al Horford is by any means the second coming of Bill Russell. It is just an example to pay note to.