Houston Rockets Player Profile: Montrezl Harrell – The Motor

By Andre Cantalogo
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Jan 28, 2015; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Montrezl Harrell (24) smiles in the final seconds of the game against the Boston College eagles at Silvio O. Conte Forum. Louisville Cardinals won 81-72. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

2014-2015 Accomplishments

Regular Season

Harrell played three seasons under the tutelage of Head Coach Rick Pitino for the Louisville Cardinals. In each of his 3 years at Louisville, Harrell and his teammates reached the Sweet 16 round.

As a freshman in 2013 Harrell got to experience the magic of winning when Louisville became the NCAA Tournament Champions beating Michigan in the final game. In his sophomore season the Cardinals reached the Sweet 16 round where they were ousted by Kentucky.  Last season his Cardinals were one of the favorites reaching the Elite 8 round, but succumbed in overtime to Michigan State.

Over the course of his 3 seasons his highlights include:

  • Career-highs in Points (15.7), Rebounds (9.2), Assists (1.4) and Minutes (35.1) per game
  • Field-Goal Percentage – ranked 3rd in ACC (56.7%)
  • Rebounds per game – ranked 2nd in ACC (9.2)
  • Win shares – ranked 2nd in ACC and 9th in NCAA (3.0)


  • Second-Team All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 2015-2016 NBA Draft
  • Signed a Three-Year Deal (reported 3.1 Million) with the Rockets

NBA Las Vegas Summer League:

Now a professional, Harrell accompanied his new NBA team the Houston Rockets to Las Vegas in what would be his first minutes on a court with some of the cast he would play with this season. Unfortunately Harrell was virtually the only first or second year player management could assess given Clint Capela, Sam Dekker and others were injured and unable to participate.

Still, he registered strong numbers and gave the coaching staff the means with which to outline his areas of concentration until he would return to the varsity club this fall. Over the course of 4 games his averages for the elimination tournament were (per game):

  • 27.8 minutes
  • 16.5 points
  • 26 field goal makes out of 54 field goal attempts
  • 48.1% field goal percent
  • 8.0 rebounds
  • 1.0 assists
  • 1.0 steals
  • 1.30 blocks

NBA Preseason:

Now as the team prepares for their regular season tip-off on October 28th they have one more game remaining versus inter-conference rivals and their likely strongest competitors the San Antonio Spurs. Once that game is in the books management will finalize the roster and determine the roles of each individual on the team.

Part and parcel of this assessment will include where the two rookies (Dekker and Harrell) will begin their season. Through 7 preseason games Harrell participated in 5 of them as he was nursing an injury early in preseason. The Rockets posted a record of 2 wins and 3 losses in these games. Further Harrell’s contribution on the court has showcased his rookie learning curve, but also shown glimpses of his talents and potential upside:

In 21.7 minutes per game Harrell amassed the following stats in preseason:

  • 4.6 Field Goals Attempted
  • 2.8 Field Goals Made
  • 60.9% Field Goal Percent
  • 2.8 Free Throws Attempted
  • 1.8 Free Throws Made
  • 64.3% percent
  • Offensive Rebounds: 1.6, Defensive Rebounds: 2.4, Total Rebounds: 4.0
  • Assists: 1.2
  • Turnovers: 1.2
  • Steals: 0.6
  • Blocks:0.6
  • Personal Fouls: 3.8
  • Points: 7.4
  • +/-, Plus/Minus: plus +1.6

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