Well, even if Hawks fans have trouble getting behind their team, at least Orlando doesn’t. The Sentinel is ranking the NBA’s top 10 players at each position over the course of five weeks (yes, lockout season is in full swing!) and Horford came out as the No. 2 choice by the Orlando newspaper. (No. 1 was of course their own Dwight Howard.)
Now, I love Al and everything, but that is a pretty bold statement. Especially considering that he’s not even what I would consider a pure center.
According to the Sentinel:
“Strengths: Horford offers a nice multi-talented package. He can shoot mid-range jumpers and jump-hooks as well as run the floor. A strong offensive rebounder, he can get out and start the break.
Weaknesses: Obviously, he plays out of position at center. Bigger players can shoot over him or muscle inside. His talents are more suited as a power forward.
The future: Horford is a cornerstone player for the Hawks.”
Well, I guess it’s a nice change of pace from the typical “Joe Johnson is the most overpaid player” (probably true) and “Josh Smith is the most overrated player” (also probably true) kind of press Hawks players typically have gotten of late.