Josh "Jorts" Harrellson 1-0 in NBA

He may not have had much action, with only nine minutes of playing time in his first NBA contest, but Josh Harrellson made the most of it, and he moves to 1-0 as an NBA professional. Who would have thought that just two years ago in college?

He was a seldomly used backup player at Kentucky through his junior year, and expectations were low for the senior. He was a JUCO transfer who played a little his sophomore year at Kentucky, but then fell to only 88 minutes the entire junior season.

Something happened his senior year, and Josh "Jorts" Harrellson became a player. A significant player, a guy who went from 88 minutes his junior year to 1,083 his senior year; a guy who went from scoring 28 points his entire junior year to scoring 29 points combined against # 1 Ohio State and Jared Sullinger and North Carolina to lead Kentucky to the Final Four.

Today Harrellson opened on the roster of the New York Knicks. His stats aren't eye-popping--nine minutes, no shots, two rebounds, one blocked shot, one assist, and only one turnover--but the team won. And perhaps more telling, in those nine minutes, Harrellson earned a "+9" in team points, meaning that the Knicks outscored the Celtics by nine in the time Harrellson was on the floor.

To put that last stat in perspective, it was third-highest among the Knicks, after Carmello Anthony's +15 (in 34 minutes) and Toney Douglas' +12 in 35 minutes.

Nine minutes, nine points more than the opponent. That's a stat a coach will take all day long.

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