#2 Montrezl Harrell – Los Angeles Lakers
Last year’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year made big news this past offseason when he switched locker rooms in the Staples Center and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Clippers in the dust.
Early on in the year, Montrezl Harrell struggled with his new team, but as he settled in, he began making a huge impact, especially when Anthony Davis went down with a calf injury.
Not only does he rank fourth in the team in scoring this year, but Harrell has come off-the-bench in 60 of the 61 games he has played for the Lakers and is only averaging about 23.9 minutes per game, which is close to 14% less than the minutes he saw last year when he won the award.
While he is only averaging 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and shooting 62.5% from the floor, Montrezl Harrell’s energy that he brings night-in and night-out for the Lakers cannot be matched and he is still one of the most impactful bench players in this league.
On the year, Montrezl Harrell currently ranks second in the league in total bench points scored by a player with a total of 846 points. All season long, Harrell’s play has been very consistent for the Los Angeles Lakers and as a result of his impact in their second-unit, they have a great chance to possibly repeat as champions, which would make them the 12th team in NBA history to repeat as champions and the 6th Lakers’ team to do so.