Montrezl Harrell
Montrezl Harrell
27-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
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.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Traded to Wizards
CWashington Wizards
July 29, 2021
Harrell, along with Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, have been traded from the Lakers to the Wizards in exchange for Russell Westbrook, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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As expected, Harrell opting into his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season allowed him to be involved in this trade. The 27-year-old averaged 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 22.9 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7 will likely get more run with his new team than he did with the Lakers. However, it is likely that the Wizards aren't done making moves this offseason, so his expected role could change.
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Harrell played in 69 games during his first season with the Lakers. The 27-year-old averaged 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. On the season, the Louisville product shot 62.2 percent from the field and 70.7 percent from the free-throw line. Harrell scored double-digit points 50 times and 20-plus points 12 times, including a season-high 27 against the Warriors on March 15. During the 128-97 win, he went 11-for-14 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Harrell also tallied five rebounds, three steals and one assist across 25 minutes of action. The 6-foot-7 forward grabbed double-digit rebounds 11 times, including a season-high 14 against the Bulls on Jan. 8. The ex-Cardinal also dished out multiple assists 18 times, including a season-high six against the Timberwolves on March 16. Defensively, the 2015 second-round pick registered at least one steal 33 times, at least two steals 13 times and three steals three times. He also blocked at least one shot 35 times, at least two shots 12 times and three shots twice. Per 36 minutes, Harrell averaged 21.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals.

2019

The 2019-20 season marked Harrell's third with the Clippers. In 27.8 minutes per game, he averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks while shooting 58.0 percent from the field. In the NBA ranks, the center finished eighth in made two-point field goals (471), 15th in offensive rebounds (163), ninth in field-goal percentage and 16th in player efficiency rating (23.2). Those numbers resulted in Harrell being voted the 2019-20 NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He opened the season on a strong note, playing 38 minutes in a win over the Lakers and recording 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Seven games later, he scored a season-high 34 points against the Bucks, also contributing 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. One day later, during a win over the Trail Blazers, Harrell blocked a season-high three shots -- a mark he'd reach nine more times during the campaign. On Nov. 14, Harrell dished a season-high six assists against the Pelicans while also adding 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Ten days later, the center matched his season-high 34 points in a win over the Rockets, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 28 minutes. On Dec. 1, during a win over the Wizards, Harrell grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, plus 23 points, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes. That was one of his 12 double-doubles. Harrell's best playoff performance was Game 5 against the Mavericks in the first round, and he posted 19 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes.

2018

In his second season with the Clippers, Harrell demonstrated significant improvement, with increases in points (16.5), rebounds (6.5), and assists (2.0) per game. One of his best performances of the season came early, on Oct. 26, when he posted 30 points -- including hitting 14-of-15 free throws -- to go with six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. The big man would then go on a run of 14 contests with at least 10 points and six boards, with six double-doubles over that span. Harrell enjoyed another solid stretch around the holiday season, averaging 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.3 blocks, and a 62.7 field-goal percentage across 12 appearances between Dec. 22 and Jan. 14. During that same span, Harrell had a pair of 30-plus-point performances, highlighted by a season-high 32 points against the Mavericks on Feb. 25. Harrell continued to play well in a Round 1 playoff series against the Warriors, averaging 18.3 points per game on 73.1 percent shooting across six games. His best effort of the series came in Game 2, when he posted 25 points -- including a perfect 9-for-9 from the line -- to go along with 10 rebounds in a 135-131 road victory. Harrell finished the season ranked 17th in the league in blocked shots per game (1.3), 18th in PER (23.4), ninth in true shooting (63.6%), and fifth in field goal percentage (61.5%). He finished third in the voting for the Sixth Man of the Year award and seventh in the voting for the Most Improved Player award.

2017

In Harrell's first season with the Clippers, he saw a huge increase in games played, up to 76 games from his previous 58. Most of his numbers across the board improved, including 309 more points and 87 more rebounds. His offensive efficiency continued to stay at a high mark; Harrell shot 63.5 percent from the floor, trailing only starting center DeAndre Jordan among players who saw over 15 minutes per game on the team. However, Harrell outperformed Jordan in points, blocks and steals per 36 minutes. Harrell also was 11th in the league in offensive rating, eighth in true shooting percentage and third in effective field-goal percentage. His hustle plays, epitomized through actions such as running the floor, rebounding and scoring around the rim (115 dunks), made him an invaluable member of the second unit. Harrell was able to achieve this despite being undersized for his position at 6-foot-7. To cap it off, Harrell posted a career-high Player Efficiency Rating of 24.7, far surpassing the league average of 15 and placing him in competition with All-Stars like Russell Westbrook, Karl-Anthony Towns and Chris Paul. Harrell had an impressive March in which he scored 20 or more points on three occasions. This stretch was highlighted by his season-best game of 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal against the Trail Blazers in only 20 minutes of action.

2016

Harrell's role grew larger in his second season with Houston. He played in 58 games and averaged 18.3 minutes per contest, nearly doubling his average playing time over his rookie campaign. Consequently, Harrell posted across-the-board improvements in points (9.1), rebounds (3.8) and assists (1.1) per game. After shooting 64.4 percent from the field as a rookie, Harrell raised that number to a stellar 65.2 percent in his sophomore campaign. He also shot 62.8 percent from the charity stripe, nearly 10 points higher than in his previous season. On Dec. 30, he scored a career-high 29 points in a win over the Clippers. He nearly matched that mark nine days later, scoring 28 points in a victory over Toronto. He posted the first double-double of his career against Golden State on Dec. 1, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds. Harrell saw limited action in the postseason, playing in five games as Houston advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. In the playoffs, he racked up five points and six rebounds in a combined 21 minutes of action.

2015

Montrezl Harrell was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (32nd overall pick) during the 2015 NBA Draft. He played 39 games with the Rockets in his rookie season, averaging 9.7 minutes per contest. In his NBA debut, Harrell scored eight points and made all four of his field-goal attempts against Denver on Oct. 28. On the season, the 6-foot-8 forward posted per-game averages of 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. He scored a season-high 17 points against Golden State on Oct. 30, adding three boards. On Jan. 17, he scored 10 points and grabbed a season-best eight rebounds in a win over the Lakers. Harrell spent parts of the season in the D-League with Rio Grande Valley. In 12 games with the Vipers, he posted per-game averages of 24.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. Harrell also appeared in two postseason contests with the Rockets during the first round of the playoffs against Golden State. In those games, he totaled three points and two rebounds across 12 minutes.

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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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Opts in, trade expected
CLos Angeles Lakers
July 29, 2021
Harrell opted into his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Contributes 14 points in loss
CLos Angeles Lakers
May 7, 2021
Harrell provided 14 points (4-9 FG, 6-10 FT) six rebounds and four assists across 20 minutes in Thursday's 118-94 loss to the Clippers.
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Reduced role during loss
CLos Angeles Lakers
April 29, 2021
Harrell ended with 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 17 minutes during Wednesday's 116-107 loss to the Wizards.
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Scores 18 off bench
CLos Angeles Lakers
April 26, 2021
Harrell played 23 minutes off the bench and contributed 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and three steals Monday in the 114-103 win over the Magic.
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Solid night
CLos Angeles Lakers
April 23, 2021
Harrell totaled 14 points (7-8 FG), six rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes during Thursday's 115-110 loss to the Mavericks.
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