Montrezl Harrell

Montrezl Harrell

28-Year-Old CenterC
Charlotte Hornets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After a strong 2019-20 season when Harrell won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award with the Clippers, the big man was dealt a minimal role with the Lakers last season, especially once Los Angeles acquired Andre Drummond mid-season. Harrel saw his minutes, points, rebounds, assists and blocks all take a hit in his one-year stint with the Lakers. The 27-year-old did, however, became a more efficient scorer, as both his percentage from the field and charity stripe improved. This season, Harrell will play alongside Bradley Beal in Washington following his sign-and-trade from the Lakers. Although Harrell will be joining a team without many scoring threats, the Lousiville product will need to fight hard for minutes, as he'll be competing with Thomas Bryant and Daniel Gafford for playing time. Harrell will still likely log at least 15 minutes a game and should be able to snag plenty of steals and blocks. With Harrell's role unknown as of now, drafting the center definitely comes with some risk. The upside, however, could be that Harrell takes over the Wizards' starting center position and he reclaims a spot inside the top 100. His best season in fantasy was 2018-19, when he ranked 74th in per-game production in 26.3 minutes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $9.26 million contract with the Lakers in November of 2020. Exercised $9.72 million player option for 2021-22 in July of 2021. Traded to the Wizards in July of 2021. Traded to the Hornets in February of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Montrezl Dashay Harrell was born in Tarboro, North Carolina, to Samuel and Selena Harrell in 1994. He has two younger brothers -- Cadarius and Quatauis. He attended North Edgecombe High School in Tarboro before finishing his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. In his lone season at Hargrave, Harrell led the team to a 38-1 record while averaging 25.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. In 2012, he participated in the Jordan Classic Regional and garnered MVP honors after posting 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Harrell averaged 10.6 points and 3.7 rebounds as part of the 2013 U.S. team that took home gold at the FIBA World Under-19 Championship in the Czech Republic. In 2018, Harrell founded the Montrezl Harrell Youth Foundation with a mission to "provide at-risk youth with resource-driven programming in the fields of education, mentorship and overall wellness." Learn more about Harrell by following him on Twitter (@MONSTATREZZ) and Instagram (@trezz24). Despite starting just three games and playing limited minutes as a freshman, Harrell came up with some huge performances for Louisville as they won the 2013 National Championship. The 6-foot-8 forward scored a career-high 20 points in the Big East Tournament final against Syracuse. In the Big Dance, Harrell grabbed seven rebounds against Oregon and was 4-for-4 from the field on his way to eight points in the Final Four win over Wichita State. Harrell moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and averaged 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Louisville dominated its new conference, the American Athletic, and Harrell had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the AAC Tournament Final win over UConn. He averaged 12.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament, but the Cardinals were defeated by Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Harrell improved as a junior and provided 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He won the Karl Malone Award as the nation's top power forward. Louisville advanced to the Elite Eight. Harrell had 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field in the win over NC State. He applied for the 2015 NBA Draft after his junior season and was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Houston Rockets.

Perfect from field, tossed late
CCharlotte Hornets
April 8, 2022
Harrell closed with 14 points (6-6 FG, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 20 minutes before getting ejected from Thursday's 128-101 win over the Magic.
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Harrell, Robin Lopez and Admiral Schofield were tossed in the fourth quarter for a scene instigated by R.J. Hampton. A retaliator, Harrell's perfect night from the field was cut short, although he still managed to stuff the stat sheet and log a whopping plus-31 in the box score. Harrell will be back for Friday's contest against Chicago. He averaged 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two contests against the Bulls last season.
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Impactful in Charlotte
CCharlotte Hornets
March 5, 2022
Harrell is averaging 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 8 games for the Hornets since being acquired at the deadline. Additionally, he's logging 27.1 minutes per game -- his most court time since 2019-20 with the Clippers.
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It's a small sample size, but Harrell has settled into his status-quo role as an efficient and high-energy big. Charlotte had desperate needs on interior defense and physicality, as they allow a league-worst 56.8 rebounds per game to their opponents this season. Harrell is undersized at 6-foot-7, but his 2.8 offensive rebounds per game would qualify as the best rate among any Hornet, and his 7.3 rebounds overall across eight games is a boost. Stock in Charlotte should trend upward with the Hornets possessing a top-10 easiest remaining stretch of schedule down the stretch.
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The 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year, Harrell had an excellent campaign for the Clippers. The center averaged career highs in points (18.6) and rebounds (7.1) while also posting 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks and collecting 12 double-doubles. His field-goal percentage (58.0) was especially helpful for fantasy managers. In a shocking offseason move, Harrell switched Los Angeles teams, signing a two-year, $19 million contract to play with the title-defending Lakers. Given that Anthony Davis has shown complete disinterest in playing center during the regular season, Harrell should still be in line for an important role on the team, though it remains to be seen if he or Marc Gasol will start. Regardless, Harrell can probably reach the 25-plus minutes per game he's seen across the past two seasons. A small step back is possible, but there's a good chance he'll still be a top 100 player.
A candidate for Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year, Harrell had a breakout campaign in 2018-19 -- his second year with the Clippers. With DeAndre Jordan moving on to Dallas, there were more minutes available at center for Harrell. In his 26.3 minutes per game, Harrell averaged 16.6 points on 61.5 percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 blocks. He racked up three 30-point games, 17 performances with double-digit boards and 14 games with at least three swats. Heading into the 2019-20 season, Harrell's role should be safe, and it appears he'll split time with Ivica Zubac at center. While that limits Harrell's upside, he'll be entering his age 26 season, so improvement is certainly on the table. And if Zubac suffers an injury, Harrell would presumably be in line for 30-plus minutes.
Despite the change of scenery, Harrell's role with the Clippers didn't change much from his final season in Houston. He spent the bulk of the year backing up DeAndre Jordan at center, while also occasionally getting minutes as a reserve power forward. Harrell finished the season averaging career highs of 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 63.4 percent from the field. The 6-foot-8 big man has a chance to up that workload once again looking forward to the upcoming campaign. Jordan opted to leave Los Angeles during free agency and takes with it his stellar averages of 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds across 31.5 minutes. That's a lot of production to make up for and it seems unlikely that offseason addition Marcin Gortat will be the only one to do so. As a result, look for Harrell to absorb some of the minutes and he could even push Gortat for more time considering the veteran big man is coming off one of his worst seasons statistically in recent memory. Of course, Boban Marjanovic is also an option at center, but his size only allows him to stay on the court for short stretches. All that said, look for Harrell's role to grow in his fourth NBA season and he could become a deep league option for Fantasy purposes if Gortat struggles and the Clippers turn to Harrell for more time. It is worth it to note that he has no semblance of a three-point shot and he knocked down just 62.6 percent of his free throws.
Last season, Harrell saw his workload nearly double from his rookie season, jumping from 9.7 minutes to 18.3 minutes per game. His role, where he averaged 9.1 points (on an impressive 65.2 percent from the field) and 3.8 rebounds, was largely that of a reserve behind Rockets’ starter Clint Capela. Harrell spent most of his minutes at center last season, though his 6-foot-8, 240-pound frame makes him more suited for the power forward slot. His ability to stretch the floor, or lack thereof, is what is ultimately hindering him from being a legitimate power forward, as he shot just 31.0 percent from 10 feet and beyond last season on 42 attempts. Nevertheless, Harrell will likely see a similar workload with the Clippers this upcoming season as he did last year with the Rockets. Though, his exact role will largely depend on how coach Doc Rivers feels about Sam Dekker and Willie Reed as reserve frontcourt options as well.
The 32nd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft played sparingly as a rookie, seeing time in fewer than half of the Rockets’ games and averaging 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Harrell was impressive in 12 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League, however, posting averages of 24.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.4 blocks in 38.9 minutes per game. Known for his scrappy style of play, the undersized Harrell is an explosive athlete but struggles shooting the ball outside of the painted area. Over the long haul, Harrell projects as a rebounding/defensive specialist, and that’s the role he’ll be asked to fill for the Rockets in 2016-17. Harrell’s physicality and hustle should be enough to earn him a minor rotational role, though his inability to space the floor could ultimately keep him from being a regular contributor in Mike D’Antoni’s pace-and-space system.
In his junior season with the Cardinals, Harrell averaged 15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 35 minutes per game through 35 contests. After being drafted 32nd overall by the Rockets, Harrell played in four summer league games where he averaged 16.5 points, 1.0 assist, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 1.3 blocks in 28 minutes per game. The Louisville star surprised many this summer as he appeared to play with the same demeanor as he did in college but against better competition. Harrell is a phenomenal rebounder and is very lanky despite being a slightly undersized power forward at 6-8. With the impressive numbers he put up during summer league, Harrell is moving in the right direction towards playing time, but in order to start seeing extensive minutes, he will need to develop more of a three-point shot as he was only able to manage a mere 24 percent last year at Louisville.
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Hits showers early
CCharlotte Hornets
March 28, 2022
Harrell was ejected from Monday's game against Denver after picking up two technical fouls, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports. He finished with nine points (3-3 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 15 minutes.
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Posts 20 points in 20 minutes
CCharlotte Hornets
March 17, 2022
Harrell contributed 20 points (7-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT) and six rebounds over 20 minutes during Wednesday's 116-106 win over the Hawks.
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Struggles to produce Monday
CCharlotte Hornets
March 14, 2022
Harrell recorded five points (1-2 FG, 3-3 FT), two assists and one block over 18 minutes during Monday's 134-116 win over the Thunder.
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Efficient effort off bench
CCharlotte Hornets
March 6, 2022
Harrell scored 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 FT) while adding six rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 123-117 win over the Spurs.
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Double-doubles off bench
CCharlotte Hornets
February 26, 2022
Harrell racked up 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists over 23 minutes during Friday's 125-93 victory over the Raptors.
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