Montrezl Harrell

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Montrezl Harrell
Montrezl Harrell 2013.jpg
Harrell in 2013
No. 5 – Los Angeles Clippers
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-01-26) January 26, 1994 (age 24)
Tarboro, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school North Edgecombe
(Tarboro, North Carolina)
Hargrave Military Academy
(Chatham, Virginia)
College Louisville (2012–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
20152017 Houston Rockets
2015–2016Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2017–present Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
*Later vacated
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Montrezl Dashay Harrell (/ˈmɒntrɛz ˈhærəl/;[1] born January 26, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals. As a freshman, Harrell was a key reserve on their 2013 national championship team, and he received the Karl Malone Award as the top power forward in the nation as a junior in 2015. He was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2015 NBA draft. He was traded to the Clippers in 2017.

High school career[edit]

Harrell, a 6'8" power forward from Tarboro, North Carolina, starred at North Edgecombe High School before prepping for a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. There he led the team to a 38–1 record while averaging 25.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.[2] Originally Harrell committed to play college basketball for coach Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech, but after Greenberg was fired, Harrell was released from his commitment and chose Louisville.[3]

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Harrell backed up power forward Chane Behanan, averaging 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game. He played his best at the end of the season, scoring 20 points in the Cardinals' Big East Conference championship victory over Syracuse. In his reserve role, Harrell helped the Cardinals win the 2013 NCAA championship to cap his freshman season.[2]

With Gorgui Dieng's departure for the 2013 NBA draft, Harrell received recognition in the offseason leading to his sophomore year as one of the top returning players in the country. The Sporting News selected Harrell to the preseason All-America third team in its 2013–14 college basketball preview magazine.[4] Harrell decided to stay for his junior season instead of opting for the NBA.

In the 2014–15 season, Harrell averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and received the Karl Malone Award for the nation's top power forward.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Rockets (2015–2017)[edit]

On June 25, 2015, Harrell was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 32nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.[5] On September 19, 2015, he signed a three-year deal with the Rockets.[6] He made his debut for the Rockets in the team's season opener against the Denver Nuggets on October 28, recording eight points and three rebounds in a 105–85 loss.[7] Two days later, he scored 17 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.[8] On November 13, he made his first career start, scoring five points in just under 13 minutes of action, as the Rockets were defeated by the Denver Nuggets 107–98.[9] On March 28, 2016, Harrell received a five-game suspension without pay for pushing a game official.[10] During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' D-League affiliate.[11]

On November 2, 2016, Harrell had a 17-point, 10-rebound effort off the bench in a 118–99 win over the New York Knicks.[12] On December 21, 2016 against the Phoenix Suns, Harrell made his first start of the season and second of his career. He scored 17 points as a result, tying a career high.[13] On December 30, he set a new career high with 29 points in a 140–116 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[14] On January 8, 2017, he had 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench on 12-of-13 shooting in a 129–122 win over the Toronto Raptors.[15]

Los Angeles Clippers (2017–present)[edit]

On June 28, 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer and a 2018 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul.[16] On January 11, 2018, he scored a season-high 25 points in a 121–115 win over the Sacramento Kings.[17]

On July 24, 2018, Harrell re-signed with the Clippers on a two year deal, worth 12 million.[18]

International career[edit]

In 2012, Harrell was a member of the United States team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship that won Gold in São Sebastião do Paraíso, Brazil.[19]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Houston 39 1 9.7 .644 .000 .522 1.7 .4 .3 .3 3.6
2016–17 Houston 58 14 18.3 .652 .143 .628 3.8 1.1 .3 .7 9.1
2017–18 L.A. Clippers 76 3 17.0 .635 .143 .626 4.0 1.0 .5 .7 11.0
Career 173 18 15.8 .642 .133 .614 3.4 .9 .4 .6 8.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Houston 2 0 6.0 .333 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.5
2017 Houston 5 0 4.2 .333 .000 .500 1.2 .4 .0 .0 1.0
Career 7 0 4.7 .333 .000 .500 1.1 .3 .0 .0 1.1

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Samuel and Selena Harrell and has two younger brothers, Cadarius and Quatauis. He majored in sports medicine.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston Rockets on Twitter - @MONSTATREZZ gives #RedNation a shout-out". twitter.com. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Montrezl Harrell bio". GoCards.com. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Jeff (June 4, 2012). "Louisville adds former Virginia Tech signee Montrezl Harrell". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ 2013–14 Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook, page 9
  5. ^ "Rockets Draft Dekker and Harrell". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rockets sign rookie Montrezl Harrell". KHOU.com. September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gallinari's 23 points leads Nuggets over Rockets 105-85". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Curry has 25, Warriors rout Rockets in West finals rematch". NBA.com. October 30, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gallinari's scores 27 points, Nuggets top Rockets 107-98". NBA.com. November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Watkins, Calvin (March 29, 2016). "Montrezl Harrell suspended five games without pay for pushing ref". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "2015-16 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Harden has 30 points, 15 assists, Rockets rout Knicks 118-99". ESPN.com. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Harden, Gordon lead Rockets to 125-111 win over Suns". ESPN.com. December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ "James Harden has triple-double, Rockets top Clippers 140-116". ESPN.com. December 30, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Harden powers Rockets past Raptors for 8th straight win". ESPN.com. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Seven Players and Draft Pick, Including Beverley, Dekker, Harrell and Williams". NBA.com. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Clippers hold off Kings 121-115 after blowing 14-point lead". ESPN.com. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Re-Sign Montrezl Harrell". NBA.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  19. ^ "USA FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men -- All-Time Alphabetical Roster". USA Basketball. August 30, 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

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