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Horford claims top spot

It's easy to become enamored with Kevin Durant's game. The long arms, long gait and smooth jumper make everything seem so effortless for the SuperSonics' rookie. He's the centerpiece of the Sonics' offense, and it's crystal clear that Durant is the future in Seattle -- or wherever the Sonics end up.

But this week, and for the first time since Nov. 19, Atlanta forward Al Horford has surpassed Durant for the top spot in the Rookie Rankings.

Horford averaged 15.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in four games last week. He finished off that stretch with his fourth straight double-double in Sunday's 98-88 loss at Boston. After the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers had high praise for the Florida product.

"I'll tell you what, Horford, it's a shame," Rivers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I don't know what rookie's playing better. I think he is a terrific player on a team that has a chance to make the playoffs and be very good. I don't know if he gets enough credit."

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Well, having a week with four double-doubles will make a believer out of anyone -- including me.

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