After the Lob City era in Los Angeles ended, many believed the Clippers were destined for permanent playoff absences. With Lou Williams, and especially Montrezl Harrell, widely regarded as “touches” in Chris Paul’s trade, the departure of Lob City was meant to be met with the arrival of insignificance. Instead, the Clippers and their fans were treated to the best bench duo in NBA history and one of the most exciting seasons imaginable.
On Sunday afternoon, the former Clippers duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell teamed up again with the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL). This Pro Summer League often attracts big name NBA players and has a 10 week season for professional hooters to work on their games while keeping the fans entertained.
Lou Williams, a native of Atlanta and current member of the Atlanta Hawks, participates frequently in the AEBL Summer League. On Sunday afternoon, he was joined by former Clippers teammate Montrezl Harrell, and the two put on the show. Harrell and Williams shared highlights from their Instagram stories of Lou throwing glass lobs at Trezz, and the two dominating their competition like the good old days. The highlights certainly brought back memories for Clipper fans who once experienced Lou and Trezz’s dominance every night.
While Montrezl Harrell’s departure from the Clippers has naturally attracted a lot of animosity from fans, there is still a level of appreciation for what Trezz has done during his time in a Clippers uniform. For a player who was widely regarded as a ‘touchdown’ in Chris Paul’s trade, Trezz turned into a nearly 20 PPG goalscorer on the bench and ultimately won the 6th Man of the Year award. because of this.
In consecutive seasons for the Clippers, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell’s bench duo have averaged over 35 PPGs. Those two seasons were the highest combined PPG of any bench pair in NBA history. In the 2018-19 season, the 36.6 PPGs that Lou and Trezz combined for exceeded the entire benches of 14 different teams.
Lou and Trezz closed out this historic regular season pushing the Golden State Warriors’ peak to six games, including an unprecedented 31-point comeback in Game 2. In the summer leading up to the 2018-19 season, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell were where we saw them on Sunday, at the AEBL Summer League in Atlanta. This is where their chemistry was born, and it was in the Clippers that it was perfected. For Clipper fans, no matter how the duo fell apart, seeing them together having fun on a basketball court should certainly bring back fond memories.