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#pounditTuesday, August 9, 2022

Al Horford hints that Sixers are underusing him offensively

Al Horford

Al Horford is struggling to adapt in his first season with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he seems to think his offensive role has something to do with it.

In an interview this week with Keith Pompey of The Philly Inquirer, Horford discussed his slow start to the year, particularly offensively.

“It’s not as good as I want to be,” said Horford of his season. “I still haven’t been able to find my rhythm with the team.”

“I’m out [there] for the team and doing what I can to help us,” he continued. “But offensively, I’m very limited with the things that I can do. So I can’t control that stuff. So all I have to do is make sure I’m there for the team, trying to do everything I can to help us win.”

After having free rein over the center position in Boston, Horford has had to shift more to the 4 in Philadelphia because of the presence of Joel Embiid. The result has been an unimpressive 12.6 points per game for Horford on a career-low 46.0 percent from the field through 31 games. The Sixers also rank second-to-last in the league with 12.9 pick-and-roll plays per game (via NBA.com), a set that Horford thrives out of.

The five-time All-Star still makes an important contribution with his defense and intangibles regardless, but this is not the first time that he has hinted at second thoughts about his decision to join the Sixers.

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