Montrezl Harrell

Montrezl Harrell

28-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia 76ers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After some offseason issues, Harrell was picked up by the 76ers, where he will likely slot in as the backup behind Joel Embiid. Coming off his worst season in four years, Harrell fell outside the top 150, ending his run as a must-roster player. While he figures to soak up the bulk of the backup center minutes in Philadelphia, his role could decrease compared to 2021-22. His playing time could be capped at around 16 minutes per night, keeping him off the fantasy radar outside of deeper formats. Should Embiid miss any time throughout the season, Harrell could make for a viable streaming option, albeit short-term only. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.46 million contract with the 76ers in September of 2022. Contract includes $2.76 million player option for 2023-24.
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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.

Returns to bench Monday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 28, 2022
Harrell will come off the bench for Monday's contest against the Hawks, Derek Bodner of DailySix.com reports.
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After starting Philadelphia's past four contests, Harrell will return to his usual bench role with Joel Embiid (foot) back in action. Harrell averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds across 21.0 minutes during his four straight starts in place of Embiid.
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Not part of equation
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 3, 2022
Harrell has logged just seven points and four rebounds in 26 minutes across two contests while Joel Embiid has been out with an illness.
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Preseason views on Harrell as an insurance policy for Embiid have seemingly been invalidated, as the 28-year-old has been unimpactful and on the outskirts of the rotation. The 76ers have committed to small-ball lineups with and without Embiid. Georges Niang and PJ Tucker are recording more frontcourt minutes than Harrell thus far.
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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.
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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Solid all-around performance
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 26, 2022
Harrell accumulated 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes during Friday's 107-99 victory over Orlando.
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Gets starting nod
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 22, 2022
Harrell is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Nets, Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice reports.
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Back in bench role
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 7, 2022
Harrell will come off the bench Monday against the Suns.
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Starting Friday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 4, 2022
Harrell will enter the starting lineup in place of Joel Embiid (illness) for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, Derek Bodner of DailySix.com reports.
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Scoreless in loss
CPhiladelphia 76ers
November 3, 2022
Harrell tallied zero points (0-1 FG) and one rebound in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 121-111 loss to the Wizards.
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