Another draft pick, another athlete with great size for Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. With the 32nd pick, Morey added Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell.
Harrell is actually 6-8, an inch shorter than first-round pick Sam Dekker, but he's more than 30 pounds heavier at a bruising 253 pounds. He averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Louisville last season, and a ridiculous 7-4 wingspan should help him rebound above his height in the NBA. He was No. 24 in the DraftExpress mock draft, meaning Morey, again, got value for his pick.
Whether Harrell plays for the Rockets next year is an entirely different story. Being a second-round pick, he's not guaranteed a contract, and because many thought he'd be drafted higher, he has significant trade value. A young team looking to add a bruising rebounder could do worse than Harrell, and Morey might just flip him for future picks to preserve precious roster spots.
I didn't want the Rockets to take a point guard at 32, because that would be pointless with a promising player on the roster in Nick Johnson. Michael Frazier stood out as a possibility because he's a lights out shooter, but relying on rookies to be dependable shooters right away is a fool's errand. Harrell was simply the best player available, and Morey took him. Great pick.