Grand Ledge’s Al Horford is the NBA Player of the Week

November 27, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Al Horford, a former Grand Ledge standout who now plays for the Atlanta Hawks, was named this week’s Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference by the NBA. From the news release:

Horford led the Hawks to a 4-0 week, averaging 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He recorded a career-high 10 assists on Nov. 21 as Atlanta topped the Washington Wizards 101-100. Horford’s 26-point, 13-rebound double-double in a 101-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Nov. 23 helped the Hawks to improve their road record to 4-2, tops in the conference.

The play of Horford, long one of the NBA’s most underrated players, has been a big reason the Hawks have experienced little drop-off so far despite trading All-Star guard Joe Johnson in the offseason. Lang Greene of Hoops World recently talked with Horford, who missed most of last season due to injury, about his play this season:

“I had a chance to grow last year by sitting out and watching the game,” Horford said. “It gave me a different perspective on how the offense flows by watching Josh [Smith] and Zaza [Pachulia]. I picked up things, which helped my game. So [being aggressive] was one of the things I tried to focus on this offseason.”

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