Clippers coach Doc Rivers reveals why Lou Williams delivered Sixth Man of the Year trophy to Montrezl Harrell
Los Angeles Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell was just named the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year winner Lou Williams personally handed his teammate the well-deserved trophy as part of a surprise during a team meeting.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers came up with the idea of the three-time winner fittingly passing on the award to the first-time awardee with Clippers president Lawrence Frank:
Doc Rivers on the decision to have Lou Will deliver the 6th Man trophy to Trezz: "Lawrence and I were sitting around, figuring out how to give it to him – I said, 'Why don't we let the Sixth Man of the Year give it to him?'… I thought it was a fitting way to pass on the award."
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This was definitely a touching gesture on the part of Doc and the Clippers. Good on Sweet Lou for agreeing with the ordeal.
Harrell dedicated the award to his grandmother, who recently passed away in July. He also sent a little message to his naysayers who had a problem with the his gritty style of play.
Williams and Harrell both finished as finalists for the top reserve award this season, much like last year. This honor marks the first individual season award of the 26-year-old’s career.
Harrell received a total of 58 first-place votes and tallied 397 points in the voting. Meanwhile, Williams finished third, behind Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder.
Williams and Harrell have developed an incredible chemistry with each other on the Clippers’ bench. Harrell particularly increased his production this season, with averages of 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 63 games (61 coming off the bench).
Williams, on the other hand, continued his bucket-getting ways despite the addition of stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the 2019 offseason. In 65 games this season, Williams averaged 18.2 points and 5.6 assists for LA.
The Clippers are currently in the middle of a second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets. LA dominated Game 1, only to fall short in Game 2. Harrell had 10 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes, while Williams put up 13 points and seven assists in 29 minutes.