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Could Montrezl Harrell win a fight against an elephant?

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Montrezl Harrell isn’t scared of NBA centers, or elephants.

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Graphic by Harrison Faigen

Last season, when the LA Clippers played the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals, Montrezl Harrell struggled against the Nuggets’ size, and while that wasn’t the reason the Clippers blew the 3-1 lead they had in the series, it was undeniably a reason.

This season with the Los Angeles Lakers, that hasn’t been much of a problem for Harrell. In fact, when the Lakers played the Minnesota Timberwolves without Anthony Davis on Tuesday, Harrell tallied 17 points and 6 rebounds off of the bench while posting the second-highest defensive rating (95.1) on the team.

After the Lakers’ won, Harrell was asked about the challenges that come with guarding larger players as an undersized big man, and his response put him in the running for “best quote of the NBA season.”

With that quote, Harrell convinced me that he’s going to be able to guard the likes of Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert in the postseason. However, it also raised another, arguably more important question for me: Could Harrell win a fight against an elephant?

The opponents

Harrell is listed at 6’7 and 240 lbs. on NBA.com, which is about seven feet shorter and 13,760 lbs. lighter than a full-grown African elephant. As confident as Harrell might be in his abilities, he’s losing that fight 10 times out of 10. However, a baby African elephant is only about three feet and 200 lbs., which is basically Zion Williamson. In a friendly tap-out style grabbling fight, Harrell probably wins that battle.

If the baby elephant and Harrell had to put the gloves on, though, Harrell would probably yield due to the strength of the young elephant’s base.

The accolades

Harrell won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2020. According to our research, and elephant has never won a Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Graphic by Harrison Faigen

Trezz definitely has the edge on the court.

The results

The elephant in seven.


Now I have a question for you, our dear readers:

Poll

Who would in a win a fight?

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  • 37%
    100 Montrezl Harrell-sized elephants
    (84 votes)
  • 62%
    One elephant-sized Montrezl Harrell
    (143 votes)
227 votes total Vote Now

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