Lost in all the excitement of the Detroit Pistons‘ road victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night was the performance of Josh Harrellson, an offseason acquisition for the team who has produced some surprising results. The Pistons
Brandon Jennings was the man of the hour in the 92-75 win with 33 points and nine assists, but the Pistons can’t overlook the efforts of Harrellson, who came off the bench for a solid 13 minutes. He was 4-of-6 from the floor and made both 3-pointers he attempted. He had five rebounds, dished out three assists and had three blocks.
That’s not bad for a player whom most NBA experts didn’t expect to do much for the Pistons. He hasn’t exactly been the team’s franchise player, but he’s made some valuable contributions. The Pistons picked up the 6-foot-10 power forward during the offseason, realizing he had basically made minor contributions in past seasons and would basically supply his new team with some minutes from off the bench.
He’s been playing better than other power forwards, especially Charlie Villanueva, who will earn $8 million for doing basically nothing for this team.
Harrellson, on the other hand, has been occasionally giving his team its money’s worth. He entered the game with only 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds an outing. But when he’s in the lineup, Harrellson continues to provide steady play inside. He’s likely to continue playing a valuable role for the rest of the season.