Montrezl Harrell finally has a new home. The six-foot-seven center/power forward was one of the more attractive remaining free agents in the NBA until Sept. 6. Many are confused by Harrell’s continued presence. However, a familiar face had a lot to do with finding the new home. Montrezl Harrell has now met with head coach Doc Rivers in Philadelphia. The 76s add some much-needed depth to their bench and also gain valuable extra strength and torque. But can the Sixth Man of the Year regain his form in a city that puts a lot of pressure on their teams?
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Montrezl Harrell: The last few years
Since starting his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, Harrell has been trying to recapture the spark he once had. Since winning his sixth Man of the Year award, he has averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 58.0 percent shooting from the field, and his totals have declined every year since. He was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Charlotte Hornets at the trade deadline last season. Harrell averaged 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and shot 64.5 percent from the field. Despite a relatively low season, he still had a good field goal percentage. Plus, his numbers were still strong during his short stint with the Washington Wizards. With that in mind, Montrezl Harrell can still make a valuable contribution to the right team and he may have just found it with the 76ers.
What will Montrezl Harrell bring to Philadelphia?
The Philadelphia 76ers are already showing they mean business with their title aspirations. They’ve obviously built around their MVP candidate in Joel Embiid, but they’ve also brought back James Harden, who should be established in their system. The team was busy this offseason as they signed PJ Tucker to provide some valuable perimeter defense and rebounding. Not to mention, Doc Rivers is still one of the best coaches in the league. Remember, Harrell’s best years were under Rivers’ tutelage. With these two reunited, we could see a bit of a resurgence from Montrezl Harrell this season. It will be a welcome addition to Philadelphia’s bench, which was the team’s weak point last season. Just in Los Angeles, Harrell brings a renewed energy to the Philadelphia 76ers this upcoming season that can rain down the pace at any time.
His role will go forward
As mentioned earlier, Harrell is expected to be a force to be reckoned with off the bench. Whether he will be as effective as he was with the Clippers remains to be seen. He’s expected to do the dirty work and make rushing plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet. For Philadelphia, Harrell will give Joel Embiid enough minutes to give him a good break. Something the 76ers will love considering Embiid’s injury history. Montrezl Harrell may not be the same person he was a few years ago. But, under Doc Rivers, the league should see why he’s one of the sixth men in the NBA.