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Vipers Alum Montrezl Harrell Stepping Up for Rockets

By Brian Kotloff | January 3, 2017

When the Houston Rockets needed a replacement for departed center Dwight Howard, they turned to a prospect they’d developed with the RGV Vipers (their NBA D-League affiliate): Clint Capela.

And when they needed a replacement for Capela after he broke his fibula, they turned to another prospect they’d developed with the RGV Vipers: Montrezl Harrell.

Harrell has not missed a beat — yet another victory for the Rockets’ top-notch player development program.

The former Louisville standout is averaging 15.7 points on 67% shooting over his last seven games, filling Capela’s void as James Harden’s pick-and-roll partner.

The 32nd pick in last year’s NBA Draft, he showcased that same explosiveness in 12 games with the Vipers as a rookie, posting 24.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.

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