Don’t look now, but you could argue that a few games into the season, Al Horford already is making a case to be an NBA All-Defensive selection.
After hardly playing at all last season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 35-year-old surprisingly is having one of the best seasons of his career, recording a double-double in all but one game this season.
Entering Boston’s game against the Miami Heat on Monday, the veteran leads the NBA in blocks per game (3.2) to go along with his 1.2 steals per game. Horford’s defensive rating is a 99, as is the Celtics defensive rating with him. Without the big, Boston’s defensive rating is a 114.
Horford leads the league in shots contested per game, too, via Hoops Empire.
Certainly, he’s been Boston’s MVP on and off the court.