Tom Thibodeau Explains A New Role For Isaiah Hartenstein To Nicks

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Isaiah Hartenstein plays a new role for the Knicks.

The New York Knicks have made big signings this season, but the one who grabbed the most headlines is Galen Bronson.

It’s not all surprising because Brunson sockets Long vacant point guard positionIt was attractive in the pre-season. Early returns are very promising for the Knicks, and if Bronson is able to maintain that level of production, the contract he signed could end up looking like a bargain.

The Another major signature Backup center was Isaiah Hartenstein, the one who blossomed into the sixth Man of the Year candidate with the Clippers last season. He will replace Nirlance Noel and Tag Gibson in general, players who have moved to the Pistons and Wizards respectively.

Hartenstein brings something to the table that they both lack, a strong shooting touch for depth. The big guys were shooting three times more and more as the seasons went by, and while Gibson and Noel would advance from time to time, Hartenstein’s touch is better than both.

His six attempts during his two pre-season games, both wins, are likely to be a sign of things to come for the Knicks major, and coach Tom Tebodeau is already talking about what he can bring to the team.


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Mitchell Robinson has a starting point in the center, but his offensive game is currently limited mostly from rebounds and coming after rebounds.

Hartenstein has an outside shot that the Knicks will use more often this season if the pre-season is long.

“I think when you watch him shoot, he can do enough where the defense will honor him,” Tibodo said. Via New York Post. “He doesn’t waver. We watch him shoot practically every day, he’s perfectly compatible with his shot. When he’s open, his teammates want him to shoot. He puts a lot of work into it. But he has a connection. You can see that.”

During his career, Hartenstein didn’t even come close to that Tries more than three game, but if his shot has improved a lot, this will probably be the year he gets over it.


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Having players who can stretch the ground works wonders in spacing, and will allow non-shooting players to also go from depth to pieces to the basket.

Hartenstein is a decent playmaker with the ball too, joining Randle as another big game industry man on the list.

“I think the last exercise we cut was more so I could get through it more,” Hartenstein said. “That was probably the biggest thing in the first two games that I wasn’t really able to show. Our guys aren’t used to being able to pass the ball like that. I, just talking to Obi, we got two passes we did where he’s been cutting more lately. That’s one thing. Big I can bring.”

Hartenstein will often play Toppin with Unit Two, so it’s good to see that kind of relationship is already forming between the pair. Pair this with Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley on the bench and you’ve got deep slate ingredients.

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