Los Angeles Clippers backup center Montrezl Harrell, with 58 votes for first place, won the NBA's Sixth Player of the Year award for the 2019-20 season, the first of his career, the league office announced on Friday.
After finishing third in the vote last year this season he again made merits to become the winner after adding 397 points awarded by a global panel of 100 sports journalists and broadcasters covering daily NBA information in the United States and Canada.
German point guard Dennis Schröder of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished second with 328 points (35 first-place votes).
Bodyguard Lou Williams, Harrell's partner, ranked third by receiving seven votes for first place and scoring 127 points .
Players received five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote, and one point for each third-place vote.
With forecast until March 11
Voting was carried out based on the regular season games played until March 11 while the eight played from July 30 to August 14, with the restart of the competition in Orlando's 'bubble', they did not count to vote for the Sixth Player of the Year award and the rest of the other traditional end-of-league awards.
The candidates eligible for the award were the players who came out as a reserve in more games than as starters until March 11.
The constant improvement of Harrell has culminated in a prominent bench role that has enabled the Clippers to become a top contender for the league title.
From the beginning of the season until March 11, Harrell averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.14 blocks in 27.8 minutes in 63 games played (2 as a starter) in what has been his fifth season in the NBA.
In games played as a reserve during that time, Harrell ranked second in the NBA in scoring (18.4 points per game) and fifth in rebounds (7.0 points). He also had 58.0 percent shooting from the field on March 11, the 10th-best mark in the NBA.
Harrell also had 11 double-doubles, the NBA's highest tied for first place with 4 games of at least 30 points, and ranked second with 10 games of 25 or more points. He scored 34 points 2 times as a reserve, equaling his career record.
The Clippers, with the support of Harrell and Williams, averaged an NBA record of 51.5 points those achieved by the reserves, and beat rival teams 53 of 64 matches until March 11.
They also had a winning record of 44-20 during that period, the second best in the Western Conference.
Harrell, 26, has spent the past three seasons with the Clippers who acquired him in a trade with the Houston Rockets in June 2017.
The laureate played his first two seasons with the Rockets after he was selected in the second round (No. 32 overall) during the 2015 college draw.