Coming in at number 3 on the list is current Atlanta Hawk, Al Horford. Atlanta selected the big man with the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 Draft after he led Florida to two consecutive NCAA championships. Al has been everything the Hawks hoped for when they chose him. He’s a winner, a leader, and the most underrated star in the league. He can work the post but he’s also so versatile for a big man, having a midrange game is that seems automatic. The Hawks have seen a lot of turnover since Horford has joined the team, but he’s remained the heart of the team and is a big reason for the Hawks’ success in recent years. Look at the difference between 2013-14 and 2014-15. Horford seemed to be a key difference between being an 8 seed and a 1 seed.
There has always been a large debate whether Horford is a natural Power Forward or Center. Either way, he’s damn good at both. The big man has surely benefited from buying into Coach Bud’s system, and with Tiago Splitter on board, he could be in for a career year with a guy to help him protect the rim and let him do his own thing when needed. Horford is now in his prime and has three All-Star appearances and an All-NBA Third Team selection to show it. The only thing left for Horford to achieve is a championship. Can he be the one to finally bring a ring to Atlanta? Only time will tell, but Al Horford will forever be a Hawks legend, even if he called it quits tomorrow.