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.
Josh "Jorts" Harrellson 1-0 in NBA
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