NBA Draft: Al Horford
Accolades: All-Final Four Team – CHN (07), Third Team All-American – AP (07), First Team All-SEC (07), Third Team All-American – CHN (07), MVP - SEC Tournament (07), Final Final Four All-Tournament Team (06), Second Team All-SEC (06), Honorable Mention All-American – AP (06), Class A Player of the Year – Michigan – high school (04).
Scouting Report: An overlooked, yet very effective big man and both ends of the court.
Strengths: NBA body – long arms, strong athletic build. Can get up and down the court well for a guy his size. Fantastic rebounder. Great post scorer. Decent range on his jump shot. Very good shotblocker. Very tough defender downlow. Great passer for a player his size and position. Has big game experience. Hardworker and very smart player – always looking to improve.
Weaknesses: Needs to improve his free throw shooting. His last college game wasn’t his best – he was dominated by Greg Oden (nothing to be too ashamed of). Has to get used to playing against bigger, stronger players that the NBA possesses.
Projected 2007 Draft Range: Top 5 pick.
Consensus: Despite being overshadowed by his flashier, more vocal teammate Joakim Noah, Horford is probably the better NBA prospect. His size, athleticism, toughness and post skills will go far in the pros. On the pro stage Noah shouldn’t be overshadowing him anymore.
Current NBA Mock Draft Position
CHN's Six-Star Ranking System
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= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man
0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues
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