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"Average Al" Horford now termed "weakest link". Not buying it!

 The Boston Celtics returning center was sometimes referred to as "Average Al" Horford, and now has been labeled as The Green's weakest link in the starting lineupI'm not buying it (per Bleacher Reports Greg Swartz):

If Al Horford wins the starting center job, it's probably only a matter of time before Robert Williams III replaces him. The 35-year-old Horford is on the last fully guaranteed year of his deal, and he will have gone nearly seven months without playing in an NBA game by the time the regular season starts.


The 5-time All-Star needs more respect. Al has something to prove this season, and I believe he will be given the chance to do just that. He simply didn't work out in Philadelphia when he chose to leave Boston as a free agent. He then got fewer minutes (27 MPG) in Oklahoma City but still managed 14.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.4 APG and almost one steal and one block per contest.

Horford is nothing if not consistent. He shows excellent shot selection, hitting 52% from the field for his career. He can't be left alone beyond the arc and he takes down rebounds at an 8.2-per-game clip career-wise. He also happens to be a superior facilitator from the top of the key. What's not to like?

If all of this is average performance over a 14-year career, I will take it. "Weakest link"? Well, if that's true, The Boston Celtics should have one Hell of a fine season..



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