Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Montrezl Harrell ‘could probably play 58 minutes’
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers doesn’t think that endurance will ever be an issue for forward Montrezl Harrell, according to SB Nation’s Kristian Winfield. In an interview with SB Nation, Rivers went all-in in pronouncing his faith in Harrell’s conditioning.
“He could probably play 58 minutes,” Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think endurance is ever gonna be a problem.”
Montrezl Harrell, a 6-foot-8 forward, has played in 24 games this season but despite having been arguably the best player on the team’s bench, has yet to start for his team. Nonetheless, he could be the second straight Clippers player to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award with the way he’s playing.
In just his fourth NBA season, Harrell is averaging 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal in 25.8 minutes per game for the Clippers. he also has the ninth-best Player Efficiency Rating (PER) in the league with 25.89.
Although Rivers shot down the comparisons, Harrell has been compared to NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith labeling him as “the closest thing to Dennis Rodman in today’s NBA.”
When asked about his seemingly untiring play on the court, the 24-year old simply answered.
“I get paid to play the game of basketball,” he said. “This is my job.”
The Clippers do not feature a single superstar in their current lineup. However, it appears that everybody has a role and can become a solid contributor. Their bench is to be envied by other teams as it also featured the reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams.
Harrell and Clippers are currently ranked third in the Western Conference standings right now with a 16-8 record, with only the Denver Nuggets (17-7) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-7) having a better win-loss record.