It took longer than it should have, but Montrezl Harrell’s sensational start to the 2018-19 season is finally getting the attention it deserves.
in 13 games for the Clippers Trez is averaging 14.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in just 23 minutes per content.
Per the BPM (Box Plus Minus – a box score-based metric for evaluating basketball players’ quality and contribution to the team), Trez is 7.7 points better than the average NBA player over 100 possessions
In that regard, he’s tied for No. 4 in the NBA.
Here are the top 10: No. 1 Nikola Jokic (11.4); 2. Russell Westbrook (8.3); 3. Steph Curry (7.9); 4. Harrell and Damian Lillard (7.7); 6. Giannis Antetokounmpo (7.6); 7. Anthony Davis (7.2); 8. James Harden (7.0); and tied for No. 9 Kevin Durant and Kemba Walker (6.2).
Yahoo! NBA reporter Keith Smith makes a good point in regards to Harrell being an absolute steal for the Clippers. With his production and efficiency, Harrell has a case for being one of the more underpaid players in the NBA so far this season.
Harrell was a restricted free agent in the off-season, which means other teams had the chance to make an offer for Harrell’s service. It turns out no one offered more than the $12 million that was left on his deal with the Clippers. I assume there are more than a few teams that regret that decision.<