Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a professional basketball player and a five-time NBA All-Star. This Dominican athlete was born in Puerto Plata but moved to Lansing, Michigan with his family.
He became the basketball team’s premier player while studying Grand Ledge High School and holds the records for most career points at 1,239 points. Horford then went to the University of Florida where he was instrumental in helping the team repeat as National Champions and he also became the fourth player in the team to reach 1,000 career points.
He was the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft and was chosen by the Atlanta Hawks. Horford was selected as Rookie of the Month several times throughout the season. He was also a runner up for the Rookie of the Year award and was picked for the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Horford started in all 67 games and was instrumental in helping the Hawks get to the second round of the playoffs, but the team lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since 1992, he became the first Hawks’ draft pick to be selected into the All-Star games. He had 39 double-doubles in the 2009 to 2010 Season.
In the 2010 to 2011, Horford ranked 11th in rebounds, 24th in offensive rebounds, and seventh in defensive rebounds in the NBA. In field goal percentage, he ranked fifth in the league. However, his performance was severely hampered in the next season.
The 2012 to 2013 Season saw Horford returning to the hard court in excellent form, but he missed several games again in the 2013 to 2014 Season due to injuries which required surgery. In the 2014 to 2015 Season, he helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time ever in the Hawks’ history but they were overcome by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Horford achieved his 200th double-double in the 2015 to 2016 Season. He then transferred to the Boston Celtics on July 2016. While he suffered from a concussion early on in the season, he helped the Celtics get into the Eastern Conference Finals but the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated them. In the next season, he was instrumental in helping the Celtics advance to the semifinals again.
Career Accomplishments:• Bronze medalist, 2011 Argentina FIBA AmeriCup - representing the Dominican Republic• Gold medalist, 2012 Puerto Rico Centrobasket - representing the Dominican Republic• Bronze medalist, 2008 Mexico Centrobasket - representing the Dominican Republic• 5-time NBA All-Star (2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018)• All-NBA Third Team (2011)• NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2018)• NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)• 2-time NCAA champion (2006, 2007)• Second-team All-American – NABC (2007)• Third-team All-American – AP (2007)• SEC Tournament MVP (2007)