With his energy, effort and efficiency, Montrezl Harrell has worked his way into the hearts of Clippers fans
Montrezl Harrell was arguably the nation’s premier collegiate power forward in his years at Louisville, with his ability to gobble up space under the basket and above the rim in snagging rebounds, translating to a NCAA championship in 2013. However, it was anticipated that his athletic but undersized style of play would not translate well to the NBA, and he was only selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft.
In characteristic fashion however, Harrell simply put his head down and went to work. As just one of many pieces received in the trade of Chris Paul, Harrell was not expected to be a key contributor for the Los Angeles Clippers. Weeks after the departure of Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, Harrell has put up a strong case as a possible replacement in the starting line-up.
With his athleticism, physicality and intensity, it was expected that the 6-foot-8 power forward would play a key role in defense for the Clippers. Less expectedly, Harrell has also turned into an offensive force, as one of the League leaders in field goal percentage (at around 70%) as well as points per possession, ahead of even LeBron James and Steph Curry. Through brute force and hustle, Harrell more than makes up for what he lacks in intricate footwork and crafty fakes. His tenacity and toughness in absorbing and dishing out contact make him one of the most exciting players on the Clippers roster, and should help him to carve out a career in the NBA for a long, long time.
Article written by Wong Chin Yi
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