MVP Boss? (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Hawks have needed more offensive production with the loss of Joe Johnson; Al Horford's been providing that boost all year, even before the All-Star guard was shelved. More than two minutes a game have been chopped off Horford's playing time, in part due to Larry Drew's penchant for sitting players with two fouls for huge stretches of the first half, and in part because Drew has moved true center Jason Collins into the rotation, which should last all of another week. But despite the playing time constriction, Horford's scoring average has shot up to 17 (from 14.2) Despite the extra shots, Horford's scoring efficiency has also risen (59 percent from the floor, .630 True Shooting). He's also still one of the best rebounders in the game and a superlative defender down low. He's a winner, and the Hawks robbed him by locking him up for $60 million over six years. He'll be worth every penny.
Now can Josh Smith make his way onto this list?