3. Al Horford can swing a playoff series
Al Horford is definitely experiencing his fair share of age-related regression, but it’s safe to assume his energy levels are going to rise in the postseason. That gives him a chance to be a valuable member of Philadelphia’s closing lineups.
His ability to guard multiple positions makes him a great defender to deploy late in games. He isn’t a big man that can be taken advantage of easily in switching situations. Horford’s combination of talent and craft allows him to shut down all types of offensive players.
His ability to hit mid-range jump shots could also provide valuable spacing. That’s not the most efficient shot in the NBA, but Philadelphia’s offense needs any shooting it can find. A high/low game between Horford and Embiid could be a matchup nightmare for opponents in the postseason.
Sixers fans should expect to see Horford’s numbers go up when the postseason begins. He’s gotten a ton of rest over the last few weeks, which should give his legs more juice when the action begins anew. Horford still has enough tricks up his sleeve to turn a playoff series in his team’s favor.