NBA All-Star Game: Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson, Al Horford Make the Cut

February 3rd, 2011 by Will Brown Leave a reply »
Center Al Horford, the East’s sixth most efficient player, and shooting guard Joe Johnson, whose 20.6 points per game lead the Atlanta Hawks, were chosen as reserves for the All-Star game in Los Angeles.

This is Horford’s second All-Star game appearance in as many years, and the sky is getting higher and higher for the young player. He’s scoring 16.1 PPG to along with grabbing almost 10 rebounds a game (9.9). Horford’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is an astounding 22.45 and ranks him as one of the best big men in the game.

Horford’s game has continued to improve over his career, and one of the biggest improvements this year has been his ever-growing comfort with his jump shot. This allows him to control what happens between him and the opposing centers, as he doesn’t have the great size that most clubs look for at the center position. Horford is showing why maybe they should.

Johnson has been the Hawks’ most reliable and probably their best player since joining the team prior to the '05-'06 season. Johnson’s appearance may be based off his incredible January when he went for 26 PPG, 4.8 assists an ...

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