Montrezl Harrell has found his place in the NBA with Washington. After spending the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, the big man was traded from the purple and gold in the blockbuster move that sent Russell Westbrook to Staples Center.
While plenty of people believed the Lakers would win this trade, they are struggling with Westbrook, still working to mesh with the point guard. On the other hand, the Wizards are thriving, ranking 1st in the Eastern Conference standings, with Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell playing great basketball.
Trezz can't be happier to be in D.C. and his level has increased because of that. Last week, he took a shot at the Lakers for not using him last season while explaining why he's playing so good this campaign.
Harrell has made it to the MVP Award tracker and fans are embracing their new star. However, he doesn't like the 'MVP' chants, as he feels it puts more pressure on his shoulders.
“I hate it. Don't chant it until the second free throw. I swear I hate it. The first one, I start to get into my hеad like, 'Damn, they're chanting MVP, what if I miss?' I'm not gonna lie to you, my brother. I love it, but I hate it.”
It's good that Wizards fans are really high on Harrell, but those chants can be counterproductive for the 2020 Sixth Man of the Year. Still, they won't stop coming and Harrell just needs to adjust to them.
So far, he averages 18.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 2.5 APG while shooting 63.6% from the field and 81.3% from the free-throw line. He has very good numbers there, but that could change if he succumbs to the pressure from fans.
Washington is having a magical season, boasting a 10-3 record, led by Bradley Beal and a talented supporting cast that features Harrell.