With Embiid Out, Time for Horford to Show His Value
- Ben Simmons lack of development on the offensive end
- Offensive identity in halfcourt sets
- Team 3 point shooting
- Coaching: What Can Brown do for you?
Al Horford Trying to Fit In
There is one "issue" that I intentionally omitted from my list above, Al Horford. Horford has severely struggled to "be himself" so far during his time with the 76ers. While the team is trying to find their identity and get to know each other as players on the floor, Horford has been lost in the process (see what I did there).Playing alongside big man Joel Embiid, who requires an abundance of space, post ups, touches, shot attempts, and Shirley temple drinks, is no walk in the park. Add the adjustment period required when playing alongside a 6'10 point guard who refuses to take a jump shot, I would say Horford has a lot on his plate to say the least. Horford is a guy that does all the little things, he is a player that excels in pick n roll, being used as a point forward, operating in space, around the paint, and playing with his back to the basket. Lets go back to Ben Simmons for a second, opposing teams are able to clog the very same paint Al Horford loves to operate in and around, as well as deny the "space" this team desperately requires, due to Simmons not being an offensive threat outside of 6 feet.
Inside the Numbers
When you take a look at Horfords numbers, you wouldn't think he is struggling or having a down year.
- 2019/2020: 12.3 PPG / 3.7 APG / 6.5 RPG
- 2018/2019: 13.6 PPG / 4.2 APG / 6.7 RPG
- 2017/2018: 12.9 PPG / 4.7 APG / 7.4 RPG
- Career: 14.0 PPG / 3.3 APG / 8.3 RPG
The average fan will look at the stats above after googling it and say that Horford isn't struggling and that there is not a "fit" concern. Horfords value cant be measured in these stats, you have to take a deeper dive into the advanced metrics, so lets jump in...
Advanced Stats for Horford
There are key advanced metrics that in my opinion , give you a strong understanding of an individual players value. In no particular order...
-PER aka Player Efficiency Rating
Defined: used to measure the effectiveness of a player by taking into consideration all statistics kept by the NBA, and weighs the players production by using minutes played per game, number of team possessions per game. The PER of an average player is typically said to be 15, while an MVP/all time great score would be around 30.
- Al Horford PER:
- 2019/2020: 15.7 (second worst of career, worst was rookie year at 14.7)
- 2018/2019: 20.2
- 2017/2018: 18
- Al Horford Assist Percentage:
- 2019/2020: 17.5%
- 2018/2019: 21.2%
- 2017/2018: 24%
- Al Horford OWS:
- 2019/2020: 1.4 (Second worst of career)
- 2018/2019: 4.5
- 2017/2018: 4.0
- Al Horford DWS:
- 2019/2020: 1.5
- 2018/2019: 3.0
- 2017/2018: 3.8
- Al Horford WS/48:
- 2019/2020: .134 (second lowest of career, rookie year was worst at .103)
- 2018/2019: .181 (second highest of career)
- 2017/2018: .170