Montrezl Harrell was officially named the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year Friday, and the Clippers celebrated the moment in appropriate fashion.
After practice, with the team gathered to watch film, Doc Rivers said he needed Lou Williams’ help with something. Williams went into a back room and emerged with the trophy, ready to hand it off to Harrell after he won it each of the last two seasons.
Harrell was emotional upon receiving the award, particularly so soon after losing his grandmother, who had a profound influence on his basketball career. It’s great to see the love from all of his teammates in a moment that clearly means so much to him.
The support for Harrell has been unending, starting with his teammates on social media.
My Lil Big Bro @MONSTATREZZ happy for you Gang. Keep proving everybody wrong— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) September 4, 2020
LeBron James (who shares an agent with Harrell) and WNBA leading scorer Arike Ogunbowale shared their congrats as well.
Harrell also got some recognition from former Clipper sixth man Jamal Crawford, as well as several other current and retired players.
Yessssssir trezzzzz congrats dawg @MONSTATREZZ ✊— Jerome Robinson (@Rome_Coldbucks1) September 4, 2020
Harrell won the award by earning 58 of 100 possible first-place votes to give him 397 points. Dennis Schröder finished in second with 35 first-place votes and 328 votes. Williams was third with 127 points. Last year, when Williams was first, Harrell finished third.
While accepting the award on TNT, Harrell credited Williams with teaching him everything he needed to know about coming off the bench and being a Sixth Man. Harrell even had a Lemon Pepper Lou T-Shirt ready for the occasion.
Congrats to Harrell, and kudos to the entire Clippers team for making this an unforgettable memory.