Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso from the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association, has won a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Championship, and earned All-Tournament Team honors in the year 2011. Here are some very interesting facts about the Dominican professional basketball player:
He was born Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso, on June 03, 1986, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
He is one of the five children to Tito Horford and Arelis Reynoso. Apart from two brothers, John and Josh he also has two sisters, Anna and Maria.
He along with his brother John has followed in the footsteps of their father, who is the first NBA player from the Dominican Republic. His uncle Kelly also player for Florida Atlantic University.
He was born and raised in Dominican Republic, until the age of 14, when his family moved to Lansing, Michigan, United States.
Horford did his schooling at the Grand Ledge High School, Michigan and as phenomenal player for his age he turned out for his school basketball team. He holds seven school records including most career points with 1,239.
As a senior he averaged 21 points with 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game. He was named Class ‘A’ Player of the year and played for Michigan Mustangs in the AAU basketball.
Horford was rated as four star recruit and was listed as the No.7 power forward in 2004. He accepted an athletic scholarship from University of Florida and made an immediate impact in the front court for the Gator in 2004-05. They went on to win the 2005 Southern Conference Tournament championship.
Horford along with Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green took Gator to two NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship in 2006 and 2007. The Gator is the first team to win the championship back-to-back since 1991-92 and first to do so with same starting line-up.
On June 28, 2007, he was picked third overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA Draft and signed a rookie scale contract.
He became the first Atlanta franchise draftee to feature in the first team since 1991-92 and averaged 10.1 points with 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He was the only player selected unanimously to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Horford helped Hawks to qualify for the second rounds of 2008-09 Playoffs. He averaged 11.5 points with 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists, starting in all 67 games.
He led Hawks to second rounds of 2009-10 playoffs for second year running with personal average of 14.2 points, 99.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 35.1 minutes appearing in all 81 games.
Horford was one of the four first time selection as a reserve for the Easter Conference in the 2009-10 All-Star game. He was the first Hawks to be selected since Kevin Willis made it in 1992.
On November 01, 2010, he agreed to a five year contract extension for $ 60 million. The deal also expected to include performance incentives.
In the 2010-11season, Horford averaged 15.3 points with 9.3 rebounds, finishing as the top all-round rebounder in the league both as defensive and offensive player.
He was named to the All-NBA Third Team and earned his second selection to 2011 All-Star appearance as the Hawks once again made it to second round of playoff.
On January 11, 2012, he suffered a torn left pectoral muscle during the game against Indiana Pacers going for rebound. On January 17 he underwent successful surgery and was ruled out for three-to-four months.
Horford was named ‘Eastern Conference Player of the Week’ for the first time in his career, for games played from November 19 through 25. He also recorded his career high 34 points in a win against Utah Jazz on February 27, 2013.
He started in all 74 games he played averaging career high 17.4 points and 10.2 rebounds including 43 double-doubles. He also scored 20 plus points in nine consecutive games.
On December 26, 2013, Horford was sidelined for rest of the season with complete tear of the right pectoral muscle in double overtime win against Cleveland and underwent successful surgery. He was averaging 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game till then.
In the 2014-15, season, he was twice named ‘Eastern Conference Player of the Week’ for week 51 and week 03 of 2015. He also earned his first career triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 105-87 points win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
He displayed good form between December and January of 2014-15 season, with scores in double digits in 28 consecutive games to take Hawks to Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Horford averaged 15.2 points with 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in the season and Hawks finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 60-22. He made it to his third All-Star game as reserve for the Eastern Conference.
He played in all 82 of the 2015-16 regular season games for the first time in his career and on February 28, he recorded his 200th career double-doubles with 13 points and 16 rebounds in an 87-76 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
He set a career high 23 double digits consecutive games and total of 74 overall for the 2015-16 season. He was named as replacement for injured Chris Bosh on the 2016 Eastern Conference All-Star team, for his fourth selection in total.
Horford moved over to Boston Celtics for the 2016-17season, after signing a four year contract worth $ 113 million on July 08. He made his debut for Celtics on October 26, scoring 11 points.
After appearing in three games for the Celtics, he missed next nine games with concussion. He had his career high 27 points for Celtics on March 19, 2017, in a losing cause.
He represented his national basketball team, the Dominican Republic since 2008 and won Bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Championship. He was one of the five best players to be awarded All-Tournament Team in 2011.
On January 14, 2008, Horford along with Dwight Howard were selected to be on the packaging of the video games NBA Ballers: Chosen One. They will also be featuring in the marketing campaign.
Horford is married to Amelia Vega, the 2003 Miss Universe from Dominican Republic. They married on December 24, 2011, at Santo Domingo. The couples have a son Ean Horford Vega and a daughter Alia Horford Vega.