Josh Harrellson‘s main role this season, if he gets a shot with the Detroit Pistons, will be to give big guys like Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond some rest.
He brings rebounding strength to the court and hopes to get a considerable amount of playing time to shove around a lot of bodies inside and be a strong defender. Harrellson only saw action in six games for the Miami Heat last season with 5.2 minutes, 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds a game.
In his rookie season with the New York Knicks, he played 37 games and started four, averaging 14.6 minutes, 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds a game. His shooting has been 42.4 percent from the floor in two seasons, but his free throw shooting is a woeful 60.7 percent.
At 6-foot-10, 275-pounds, Harrellson does give the Pistons some size and is a career 32.5 percent shooter from the floor. At age 24, the Pistons are hoping to find that Harrellson still has plenty of untapped potential and could explode at any time. But his previous teams were also hoping for that, and it hasn’t happened yet. It may never happen.
Harrellson has a two-year deal with an option on the second year, so the Pistons have decided it’s worth investing in him for a couple of years. Perhaps they know something the rest of the NBA doesn’t.
If Monroe and Drummond play a full schedule and don’t miss a significant amount of games from injury or other reasons, then Harrellson’s time is likely to be light. But if something happens to either one, Harrellson, good or bad, is likely to have an impact in several Pistons games.