For Harrell it is the first prize of its kind. "I really would love to share that award with Trez, and if not share it, I say give it to him outright".
"I had this talk with my grandmother and losing her this year, it's still tough every day", Harrell told his teammates while holding the award in a video taken by the team at Friday's practice.
The honor is Harrell's first and prevents Williams from winning the award a fourth time. The 6-foot-7 big man later took to Twitter to offer a few words for his naysayers.
The NBA has announced the victor of the Rookie of the Year award in the 2019/20 season, which was only counted until March 11 and not until the end of the regular season. Clippers guard Lou Williams, a three-time Kia NBA Sixth Man Award victor, received the other seven first-place votes and finished in third place with 127 points. Harrell didn't play during that after leaving the team in Disney to go home because of his grandmother's death, but returned to help the Clippers into the second round of the playoffs.
"This could be his award", said Harrell, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with Williams' face during his trophy ceremony.
Williams and Harrell's combined scoring average of 36.8 points per game made them the highest scoring bench duo in the league this season, which in turn gave the Clippers the highest scoring bench in the National Basketball Association with 50.3 points per game.
Harrell, 26, has spent the last three seasons with the Clippers, who acquired him in a trade with the Houston Rockets in June 2017. Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said that during Harrell's first training camp, there was discussion within the team about whether the undersized center might be waived. "To have Trez join the group is really unbelievable".
After averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, Harrell took his game up a notch this year, averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. "Like I said, a guy who was the carbon copy that could be presented as this could be his award, man". Harrell also played roughly nine minutes more per game than Zubac. "They always have been there and had my back, and you can't do nothing but cherish things like that".