Horford: Simmons, Embiid "Leading In Many Ways"

The 76ers should be one of the best teams in the East this season

The DA Show
October 16, 2019 - 11:35 am

After three seasons with the Boston Celtics, Al Horford decided he needed a change. He signed a four-year $109-million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers in June and is eager to play for a franchise that has won 50+ games each of the last two seasons.

“When I looked at what they have here and what they’re building, having a chance to play alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons was something that really got my attention,” Horford said on The DA Show. “I’m in the stage of my career where I want to make sure that I’m playing my best basketball and putting myself in the best position to win a championship. I believed this was the best opportunity for me.”

Embiid, 25, and Simmons, 23, are two of the best young players in the game. They’re also hungry for a title.

“Everything that I’ve seen from them has been positive,” said Horford, 33. “I do sense that they’ve been here, working hard, trying to do things the right way. Everything that I’ve seen has been great. Ive been very encouraged by it. We’re going to continue to take steps as this year goes on together. Even though they’re younger, they’re already leading in many ways.”

Horford, a five-time All-Star, averaged at least 12.9 points and 6.7 rebounds every season in Boston. With Embiid and Simmons leading the way, Horford believes the 76ers will be a potent group on both ends of the floor.

Horford and Embiid, especially, will be a load in the paint.

“I think the spacing is going to be just fine,” he said. “As long as we’re in the right positions on offense, I think we’ll be good. One of the strengths that we both have is we can both shoot the three-ball and we can post. When he’s posting, I’ll be on the perimeter and vice versa. I do believe that it’s going to be good. I feel like I can guard multiple positions and be put where I’m needed most.”

Horford won’t have to wait long to face his former team. The 76ers open the season at home against the Celtics on Oct. 23.