Harrell — the reigning Sixth Man of the Year and a player who averaged 18.6 points per game while shooting 58% from the field last season — brings a dynamic skillset to the Lakers, brimming with energy and relentless competitive drive.
In the following video, I detailed his key skills, and what he brings to the defending champions:
So there you go — Harrell’s deadly finishing ability in the pick and roll, his quick handle combined with his lateral quickness and sheer power, variety of ways to finish at the rim and willingness to constantly get out on the offensive break, all combined with his relentless motor and energy adds a dynamic skillset and potential force to this Lakers team. Harrell is the type of player that they don’t currently have, and will add another layer to the team.
Further, Harrell has shown key physical skills and attributes on the defensive end that when combined with the Lakers’ defensive coaching and identity and versatile defenders around him could quite plausibly make him a plus defender.
Rob Pelinka, we all bow down to your omnipotence.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room.