The second-round draft selection of the Rockets will likely spend some time in the G-League this season.
Isaiah Hartenstein is an interesting prospect for the Houston Rockets. He was chosen in the second round of the draft this year and has a wide variety of skills. He was slightly disappointing in the Summer League in limited minutes.
Originally, it was thought that Hartenstein would be stashed overseas this season. However, if he stays in the G-League the whole year, he will not count against the salary cap of the Rockets. It’s possible, according to CBS Sports, that the Rockets give him their second two-way contract.
Let’s take a look at what he should work on in Rio Grande Valley.
What Hartenstein Needs to Improve Upon
First off, the news that Isaiah Hartenstein would likely stay in the G-League was reported by pro reporter David Pick.
Source: Houston are likely to place second-round draftee Isaiah Hartenstein with Rockets G League affiliate RGV Vipers.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 31, 2017
Should Hartenstein get the two-way contract, he will join Demetrius Jackson as the other Rocket with the new contract type.
What does Hartenstein need to improve upon next season? First off, he needs to use his height and size to his advantage. In a little under 10 minutes per game in the Summer League, he averaged only 2 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game. While this lack of production is likely due to limited minutes, he still needs to work on that in RGV.
Hartenstein will also need to get adjusted to the NBA style of game. He was able to make some adjustments during the summer and even make some great plays. Check out this incredible pass he made:
Isaiah Hartenstein really does have good passing skills. pic.twitter.com/SSXBYiKMYh
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) July 10, 2017
Pinpoint accuracy. Hopefully, that skill translates into the NBA. If he can continue to improve, he may be able to find his way to the Rockets next season. However, that is a big maybe. Hartenstein is a project, and the Rockets will treat him as such. Do you think that he will be on the Rockets at some point? Let us know in the comments below.
*All stats via NBA.com*