Sixers’ Al Horford’s true thoughts on coming off the bench in Orlando
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Philadelphia 76ers big man Al Horford was coming off the bench. He was also getting booed by Sixers fans at home, as Horford hasn’t been a good fit next to stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
With the “bubble” games set to start on July 30 at Walt Disney World, everyone in Philadelphia is curious to see if Sixers head coach Brett Brown will continue to bring Horford off the bench.
For what it’s worth, while speaking to Sixers reporters on Friday, Horford says he’s fine if Brown decides to continue to play him with the second unit.
“For me, I just want us to be playing well and to be playing at a high level,” Al Horford said, via Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire.
“I’m going to continue to work and be an assistance to a team any way I can. I do know for us to be successful I have to play with different lineups. I have to play with Joel sometimes. I have to play with different people. It really doesn’t matter.”
Horford was averaging 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Sixers before games were suspended following Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test. The five-time All-Star was shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free-throw line.
When Embiid, Simmons and Horford share the floor together, there’s zero spacing on the court since Embiid and Horford both do their damage in the post and Simmons has no resemblance of a jump shot yet.
Most NBA pundits expect the Sixers to try and trade Horford whenever the 2020 offseason begins. For now, though, Brown and his assistants have to find a way to get the most out of Horford in Orlando.