In a recent interview, Al Horford revealed a couple of reasons why he chose Philly over Boston. First of all, the four-year deal worth $109 million did help. But that wasn’t the main reason. Horford said:
“So, you know it was one of those decisions that it wasn’t an easy one to make. Looking at the point of my career that I’m at right now, trying to maximize my time. Philadelphia came and I saw this opportunity of this potential pairing with a guy like Embiid, I feel like he’s a very special player, a guy like Ben Simmons, who’s also a special player. So it was very hard for me to turn it down, especially in these years that I feel like are my peak years.” There are several take aways from what Horford said. He feels at the age of 33 that right now is his peak years and feels like he must maximize them. Usually being 33-years-old for most NBA players means that they are in the twighlight of their career. However, Horford might be correct in his assertions. Certainly there are players that break the mold, like LeBron James. Unlike most players, Horford doesn’t rely on athleticism to be an elite player, so stating now is his peak years could be correct.
Then the potential of playing with both Embiid and Ben Simmons appears to have caught the interest of Horford. Both are All-Star level talents who have yet to reach their prime. The star power of those two has clearly had a positive impact Philly’s free agency period last summer.💯 Was Al Horford a good addition for the Sixers?🧐