If you have followed the Atlanta Hawks, you would think that Josh Smith is the star of the team. The mercurial forward is always in the news, whether it be in trade talks or contract talks. However, he is not the man that leads the team. That job falls to star center Al Horford, who is flying under the radar once again.
Although Horford did not make the All-Star team, he is putting up numbers that certainly deserve consideration. The big man is averaging just a shade under a double-double with 16 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. Throw in three assists a game and you have yourself a tremendous asset. However, there are not enough people who know about him. The casual basketball fan may forget about how skilled Horford really is.
If you want to build a team, you need a guy like Horford. He probably will never be the first option on a contender team, but you are going to be set if you have a guy like him as your second option. If he is allowed to play his game, he can put up the numbers he does night in and night out. Having a guy that can average nearly a double-double to that extent is a rare breed these days.
If you want to see how a true professional works, turn on a Hawks game sometime. Horford may not have the flash but the man simply does what is asked of him. Players like him are certainly becoming a rare breed.