After playing 28 games for the Houston Rockets last year, Isaiah Hartenstein has shown preseason promise but will need to do more to earn playing time.
Isaiah Hartenstein was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 43rd overall pick in 2017 and so far has been unable to earn enough playing time to make a mark in the NBA. The seven-footer averaged 7.9 minutes per game last season for Houston, putting up 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in that time.
Much of Hartenstein’s basketball success so far has come courtesy of the NBA G League, as he took home G League Finals MVP honors last season when the Rio Grande Valley Vipers won the championship. In the three-game final series, the German center averaged monster numbers of 28 points, 15.7 rebounds 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocked shots, even knocking down 8-of-9 from downtown in Game 2.
So far this preseason, Isaiah has shown aggressiveness on the boards and hustle in his spot minutes. In 8.4 minutes per game, Hartenstein has averaged 3.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks. While obviously he won’t be expected to put up monster numbers for the Rockets in the regular season, there are still a few goals he should be looking forward to meeting in order to make an impact on the season for the title contenders.
Here are a few goals for Isaiah Hartenstein this season:
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