All statistics are updated via stats.nba.com as of March 14th, 2019. (Sorry, no reception in Mexico)
To all of the loyal The Fro and The Flow podcast fans out there, I'm sure you're aware that Jack Martin and I have a nearly-weekly segment titled Watch The Throne (Yes, the segment is inspired by the greatest collaboration of all-time, Watch The Throne, by Jay-Z and Kanye West).
During this podcast segment, Jack Sparkin' and I break down the most talented basketball players in the world at that current moment by ranking them 1-15 (Think of it like this: If you were to start an NBA team today from scratch, zilch, nada, who would be the first player that you'd choose to help you win if they were all available?).
Because Jack and I are so dedicated to watching, observing, and sucking however much milk we can out of the NBA's utter, and are also two separate human beings, we have some disagreements every so often.
This daily column over the next 27 days will be relatively similar to that segment. The biggest, and most important difference is that this cluster fuck of a ranking will be an attempt towards breaking down the most valuable players in the NBA in accordance with how vital they are to their team's success (say, if you took Stephen Curry off of the Golden State Warriors, would they still be able to win a championship this season? Or if you took Giannis off of the Bucks would they win 45 games? And other hypothetical things of that nature).
As we progress closer towards the playoffs each day, it is officially Hustle Hard Or Get Hustled Season, and this young man has proved that he'll be one of the hardest in the league until the day he retires.
28. Montrezl "Holy Shit That Guy Tries Hard" Harrell
The next time someone asks you, "Who's the hardest player in the NBA?"
Answer them quickly with a resounding, "MONTREZL FUCKING HARREL. HE HAS AN A 'L' AT THE END OF HIS FIRST NAME FOR FUN. AND HIS NAME IS MONTREZL. NEED I SAY MORE?"
Because Harrell's value is primarily recognizable through the eye test, his stats aren't all that impressive in comparison to the rest of the players on this list. But, his intimidation factor is impossible to put into perspective.
The dude looks like he's straight out of the movie Predator,. He's the last person in the league, if not the world, that I would ever fuck with.
The center out of Louisville has found himself at home in Los Angeles while playing for the best professional basketball team in the city of Angels. Harrell's statistics may not be quite as impressive as his teammate Lou Will's are, but his intensity and effort every second he's on the floor is the true driving force behind this Clippers team's success.
Montrezl ranks 9th in FG%, and 26th in ORPG. He's your traditional rim running big man, and the real value with Harrell is the amount of money he makes in comparison to other centers who have the same level of production of him is absolutely absurd.
NBA Center Salaries
Montrezl Harrell: $6 Million
Clint Capela: $15 Million
Deandre Jordan: $22.9 Million
Rudy Gobert: $23 Million
Steven Adams: $24 Million
Hassan Whiteside: $25 Million
Harrell has become the definition of a lot bang for a little buck. Don't be surprised if he signs a deal around $20 million this off-season when a team is eager to snag a center who would rather grind and know himself, then attempt to become a stretch the floor shooter.