The Philadelphia 76ers took a risk in signing big man Al Horford this summer, but what happens if it becomes clear that it’s not a good union?
Besides re-signing Tobias Harris, signing Al Horford was easily the second biggest move made by the Philadelphia 76ers this summer. At the age of 33, there’s concern about Horford’s fit in the long-term, but there could also be issues about his immediate fit as well.
Christopher Kline, Co-Site Expert of The Sixer Sense, recently wrote about how Horford’s contract will age gracefully. The article brilliantly pointed out how aspects of Horford’s game that will age well. However, if he starts to regress in his physical abilities now, it could cause problems for Philly as soon as this season.
The 76ers will have Horford play at power forward probably more than he’s ever had in his career. The last season that he played a good portion of his playing time at the stretch-four spot was back in the 2017-18 season when he lined up there 43.0 percent of his minutes. It should be noted that during that season the then 31-year-old made his most recent All-Star appearance. However, that was two years ago and last season he only played 8.0 percent of his minutes at the power forward spot.
The hope is that he can tap into what made him an All-Star in the 2017-18 season playing almost half of his minutes at the four spot. However, entering his 12th season there’s no guarantee that he will be able to play that position at a high level.
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