I don’t know anything about Montrezl Harrell, power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, but he must be like the worst defender in the history of the world. He must be so bad at passing he ends up handing it directly to the referee half the time, or perhaps his communication on the court is just him yelling about movies that he liked. In his personal life, he must have run over the coach’s foot, or have some contract detail like if he plays 25 minutes a game the team has to fund his run for Congress. He must rebound by flailing his arms wildly, a danger to himself and others.
I say that because it doesn’t, from looking at it, make any sense as to why he’s not getting more playing time. Over the last 10 games, Harrell is averaging 18.4 minutes a game, which is like Zaza Pachulia’s numbers. But you know what Zaza isn’t doing? I’ll tell you. He’s not averaging sixteen points per game in this 18 minutes and he isn’t doing it on 70 percent shooting.
Of course, you might say, well, listen, numbers are weird. I’m sure he just had one crazy game or something. But nope. He just pretty much always scores at least a point a minute. Take his performance on March 18, where, in 20 minutes, Harrell scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Or on March 15, where he scored 10 points in 13 minutes on 83 percent shooting. There is also March 13, where he scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting in 11 minutes. Don’t like that? What about March 9, where he scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 20 minutes. Or would you rather March 6, where he scored 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes. Take March 4, where he scored 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting in 14 minutes or even March 2, where he scored 19 points on 8-9 shooting in 16 minutes. Heck, take any game he’s played since January 1, when he went 0-of-4 against Atlanta. Since then, he has never shot worse than 50 percent in any game.
I mean do you know what it means to average 15 points in 17 minutes for more than half a month? Well, it’s more than 30 points per 36, for one thing. Can you imagine someone averaging 30 points a game on 70 percent shooting? I don’t think there’s any rational argument against the fact that Harrell would definitely do that if given the opportunity. Why isn’t he getting an opportunity? Might he be the greatest scorer of all time?
The evidence strongly suggests yes. Montrezl Harris is the greatest scorer of all-time. And if that doesn’t get him minutes then maybe — well, maybe we don’t live in a meritocracy after all.