Boston Celtics: Why Al Horford is team’s most valuable player

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Al Horford
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Al Horford /

The Boston Celtics have basically turned over their whole roster this offseason.  Many would think Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward would now be the most important guy on this team.  Nope, that would be Al Horford.

The regular season is so close!  The Boston Celtics have had a whirlwind summer (as did the NBA as a whole), with so many new guys joining this team, one player will be the most important.

Al Horford.

I know there are people who say Marcus Smart or others, and yes guys like Smart will be super valuable given how long he’s been under Brad Stevens.  In my opinion, Al Horford will be the key to this team though.

Think about it, he’s the veteran All Star (11 years in the league).  But also he’s the calm leader who lets his play speak for him.  This team is going to lean on his leadership more than I think most people anticipate.

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The starting lineup is basically brand new, but Al is there to help make things easier.  Let me tell you, I haven’t seen a guy of Horford’s size who makes the game this easy for everyone else in awhile.  His vision and passing ability has been so valuable because it helps this offense from becoming too stagnant.

It doesn’t take much to fall in love with flashy offense but every team needs a solid big man who can do everything.  We saw Horford finally get comfortable in the Stevens offense toward the end of last year.

The playoffs proved how good Al really is, and I think he’ll pick up where he left off.  Horford will be better this season, and I personally can’t wait to see it.

Don’t forget how good he was on the break as well, a big man that can dribble like he does while his guards run the floor? Just one of the ways that he makes the game easier.

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He can do everything really well, so keep your eye on big Al.  He’s going to help this team reach new heights.