Now, Horford has taken his talents to Philadelphia where he will team up with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Brett Brown in an attempt to deliver the Sixers a championship.
However, Philadelphia took the Raptors to a Game 7 and almost faced off against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Don't tell that to James Ennis, though.
Al Horford left the Boston Celtics to join the rival Philadelphia 76ers in National Basketball Association free agency, but he took some time Wednesday to say goodbye and thank you to Boston, C's fans and the organization itself.
"The East is going to (be) wide open", Ennis said per Pompey. Scott has shot at least.400 from beyond the arc in consecutive seasons and is one of 14 National Basketball Association players to do so while attempting 150-or-more threes in each year. Kawhi is gone. He went to the West. "So we are going to walk to the Finals in the East". He helped lead the C's to the Eastern Conference finals in 2017 and 2018.
Ennis' confidence, to be clear, is hardly unfounded.
As he says, the defending-champion Toronto Raptors will be a notch below the East's top-line contenders after losing Kawhi Leonard. The Boston Celtics are in a new phase of contention.
For the 2019 season and beyond, the Sixers will have former Boston Celtics big man, Al Horford.
Now, the Eastern Conference is wide open once again.
Al Horford's move to Philadelphia is official. The influence of J.J. Redick was always underplayed, and the Sixers will rely in part on unproven options like second-year athletic marvel Zhaire Smith and first-round pick Matthias Thybulle to replace him.
We're still firmly in the National Basketball Association offseason, but that hasn't stopped fans and even players from thinking about next season, including the Philadelphia 76ers' James Ennis III who has a bold prediction for the 2019-20 season.