Per Shams Charania of the Athletic, Clippers’ big man Montrezl Harrell has claimed the Sixth Man of the Year award. This is not really a huge surprise – Trez was one of three finalists (along with Lou Williams and the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder), and numerous journalists announced that they were giving Harrell their votes.

Trez put up averages of 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 27.8 minutes per game across 63 regular season contests, with the points and rebounds serving as career highs. His scoring efficiency took a bit of a dip, as his 58% field goal shooting was somewhat lower than years prior, but it makes sense due to his expanded offensive role.

Moreover, Trez just brought a lot of energy to a team that could be very calm and complacent during the long regular season. While there are times he’s not effective, there are very rarely occasions when Trez’s motor isn’t at 100%. That energy and effort sometimes turned the Clippers around on nights when they lacked that kind of passion otherwise, and is tough to put into quantifiable terms.

There has been some “controversy” around Trez this year, as fans have critiqued Doc Rivers’ over-usage of him, especially over Ivica Zubac. Trez is simple not a good defensive player, and there have been times when leads have been bled away due to his deficiencies on that end. Zu, on the other hand, is a fearsome defender, and his improvement on offense has made him the better overall player. It’s not Trez’s fault that he receives so many minutes, bu it has been a source of frustration nonetheless.

All that said, Montrezl Harrell winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award is a magnificent achievement for a player who was a throw-in to the Chris Paul trade and who was lingering on the edges of the NBA in his first couple seasons. Trez has worked hard to become one of the better interior scorers in the NBA, and to translate his energy and effort over a full 48 minute game.

Trez is a fan favorite, particularly of “casual” Clippers fans who don’t engage in hundreds of arguments regarding his playing time on Twitter. He’s energetic, throws down thunderous dunks, and is one of the biggest trash talkers the Clippers have seen in recent years. All of that has made him beloved of the fanbase, and someone who most Clips’ diehards would be devastated to see leave this summer in free agency.

Congratulations to Montrezl Harrell on winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award, building on the legacy of Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams. It’s well deserved, and a testament to Trez’s work ethic and ability.

17 Comments

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    ‘grats to Trez. Well deserved. This was always gonna be a three man race between him, Lou, and Schroeder.

  • Avatar John Maclean says:

    All three candidates were deserving. Objectively speaking I felt like Schroeder kind of deserved it because he was such an internal part of the Thunder’s Cinderella season. The down side for us is that Trez’ frees agency stock just went up so it will cost us more to keep him. But as Zu continues to mature he’s going to need to play more and if Kabs can reach his potential (shoot from deep, block shots and run the floor) he’s probably a better fit in today’s NBA than Trez is. That’s a big IF however….

    • Avatar osamu6238 says:

      I kind of felt the same. I feel like Schroder was more important to the success of their team, but I think Harrell has a reputation of feeding this Clips team with energy and also being a stout defender, even if I”m not sure it’s all that well deserved.

      I think it’s only people that watch Harrell on a daily basis that start seeing all his flaws. Probably from the outside looking in Harrell has an ever so slightly more impressive stat line.

      Before the shutdown, I thought for sure Schroder would win, but around voting time, it starting coming out that many high profile media members voted for Trez, where I thought he became the favorite to win.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Trez is a unique player and tremendous personality. I feel the honor is well-deserved. But his usual defense against an opponent making a beeline to the basket is to stand there like an impartial observer, rarely bothering to raise his arms.

    • Robert Flom Robert Flom says:

      I think his effort is fine. Defense is a skill like anything else, and Trez just isn’t good at it. He doesn’t sense rotations or help like the best NBA defenders do.

      • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

        I should have mentioned how he’s fearless about taking charges. Just amazing at that. He has the skill and ruggedness to do that. Sometimes I wonder if he’s going to get up.

  • Avatar Thretch says:

    Congrats to Trez, totally deserves it.

    Was Schroder more valuable to his team? Maybe so, but who was the better player? I think Trez. He’s not as valuable to his team as Dennis is to OKC simply because LAC has the better starters

    • Robert Flom Robert Flom says:

      I think Schroder was better this year, but I also think this season was a bit of a fluke for him.

      • Avatar osamu6238 says:

        I agree with this. He was a career like 32% shooter from 3, this year suddenly became a knockdown 3-pt shooter at nearly 40%. Will be interesting if he can continue shooting the ball that well. Guys like Austin and Matt Barnes on the Clips had like one great year shooting the ball, but weren’t able to keep up those percentages over multiple season.

  • Avatar curtis t says:

    Well deserved and an amazing feat for a gifted player. Watched the video of Lou presenting the trophy to him. It’ll def make you smile.

    All this talk about him being a bad defender, I’m not entirely convinced. Yeah, he’s undersized playing the 5 and especially so when going against Boban. However, I believe he was top 5 in taking charges. The dude sacrifices and is one of the hardest playing guys out there.