Brett Brown speaks out on Al Horford possibly coming off bench moving forward
Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford hasn’t come off the bench since his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks, but with the veteran All-Star struggling lately with the starting unit, Sixers head coach Brett Brown may be forced to move Horford to the bench.
It’s a topic that Brown discussed with Sixers reporters on Monday after practice, and he didn’t rule out the possibility of a change in the starting lineup:
“We all get he’s Al Horford,” Brown said, via the Courier Times. “None of us should not understand what he’s capable of doing. And I’ve got to help him achieve it.
“It’s all on the table. That’s the most honest I can be. It’ll play out as it plays out, but I understand – and so do you, it seems.”
In 49 games this season for the Sixers, Horford is averaging 12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He’s shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sixers acquired Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors at the trade deadline. The team was in desperate need of more shooters and playmakers around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
When Horford signed with the Sixers, many pundits around the league knew his fit with Embiid and Simmons would be poor. While Philly is on its way to making the playoffs barring an incredible collapse, Brown and his staff have to figure out which lineups are the most effective come playoff time.