For basketball fans, Al Horford seems to be one of the heroes in the game. He currently plays as a center-forward for the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He played as the starting center throughout his collegiate career and led his team to victory in the NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007. The basketballer was ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and in 2004 was listed as the 7th power forward and the 36th player in the nation. Al Horford has remained one of the best centre-forward in the history of basketball. Here is everything you should know about him.
His Early Life and Career Beginnings
The basketball champion was born as Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso but later took up the name Al Horford on June 3, 1986, in Puerto Plata. Born as one of five siblings and the oldest of them all, he is a perfect definition of an exemplary child. Genes don’t lie as he got his genes from his father, Tito Horford who was also an NBA star. His mother, Arelis Reynoso made excellent records as a journalist and is also a super fan of her son, Al Horford.
The Horford’s moved from the Dominican Republic to Lansing Michigan when he was a teen. He enrolled into Grand Ledge High School and was an active member in the school team, shinning as one of the pivot stars in the team. He joined the Florida Gators after gaining a scholarship to study at the University of Florida. His impact in the college team is noted as one of the best any center starter has recorded. By 2004 and 2005, he led the team to victory as they won the 2005 Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and they also retained the cup the following year.
During his junior year, he wasn’t solely dedicated to the game through the year as he sustained an injury that kept him off games. Despite his injury, he returned to the team in a game against Ohio State and played as a guard in which he recorded 11 points in addition to 11 rebounds leading to victory.
Al Horford continued at a good pace in his games and was named the fourth player on his team to record 1,000 career points in a game against Kentucky and also scored 14 points. Afterwards, the Gators became the first team to repeat as national champions beating the records set by the Duke Blue Devils in 1991-1992. After this victory, Al Horford became topnotch for the NBA draft.
Al Horford was picked with the third overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA draft. He was named the Rookie of the Month four times that season and almost won the Rookie of the Year Honors but he emerged as the first runner-up.
In 81 games, Horford averaged 10.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.7 steals and 31.4 minutes as a rookie and led the Hawks to seven games but lost the series with a 4–3 score where he averaged 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds in each game.
The basketball champion played all 67 games in 2008 through 2009 and in 33.5 minutes, he averaged 11.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.8 steals. In this same year, he missed two games due to injuries. He later resumed in 2009 and played through the season, he became the first Hawks to be named as an All-Star berth beating the record Kevin Willis set in 1992.
That year, he contributed perfectly to the 81 games played and he averaged 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 35.1 minutes. Consequently, he topped as the eight in the NBA field goal percentage, he was the 10th in rebounds, 9th in offensive rebounds and 26th in blocks.
On and on, Al Horford became one of the best centre-forwards for the Hawks and led them to several victories and later signed a four-year contract worth $113 million with the Boston Celtics in 2016 as an unrestricted free agent. He has also made a meaningful impact in his games.
Salary and Net Worth
Being good at his game and also being an expert as a centre-forward, you wouldn’t expect less from the professional basketballer. As of the time, he joined the Atlanta Hawks, his estimated net worth was said to be $20 million. After he signed a three-year contract with the Hawks worth $17.5 million, he was paid $3.7 million as annual salary which increased the following year to $4.02 million annually.
As time went on, in 2009, he earned about $4.3 million but got an increment in 2010 where he later earned $5.4 million. The following year, in 2011, his performance on the field was rewarded and his salary rose to $9.6 million. He later extended his contract and signed a five-year deal with the Hawks worth $60 million. In the years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, his salary was consistent as he earned $12 million per year from the Hawks.
The Boston Celtics contract made him $113 million richer and he is currently worth $26.54 million.
Things To Know About His Family
Al Horford is the oldest of all amongst the five children his parents, Tito and Arelis had. His younger sisters are Anna and Maria Horford while his younger brothers are Josh an Jonathan Kelly Horford.
Jonathon on his part has trodden the path of his older brother and father and currently plays for the Grand Rapids Drive NBA. Anna chose the life of an entertainer; she is a social media celebrity and is a member of the CLNS Media network.
Wife and Kids
Al Horford started his family with Amelia Vega, a former beauty queen who won the 2003 Miss Universe pageant. They exchanged their marital vows on the eve of Christmas in the year 2011.
Four years later, precisely on February 23, their son Ean Horford Vegan was born and they later had a daughter on November 27, 2016, and named her Alía Horford Vegan.
Other Interesting Facts
The basketballer prefers wearing a low haircut head, giving him a bald look. He is quite tall and stands at 6 feet 10 inches with a balanced weight of 113 kg.
Al Horford is noted as one of the best center-forwards in history and is ranked as the second best-paid player as a Boston Celtics player.
He is the 13th best paid NBA Player as of 2018 and is also the highest-paid center-forward.
Despite his excellent career, he sets his family as a priority and spends time with them.