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Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
Position: F-C
Born: 05/05/98
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $7,804,879
During Isaiah Hartenstein’s foray into free agency, the Knicks quickly emerged as his preferred destination, once he spoke to coach Tom Thibodeau and the front office. “I think it was a spot where I felt wanted,” the 7-footer said on Tuesday in his first public comments since joining the Knicks during the summer. “That was a big thing coming into it. Finding a place where first of all, I can bring something. I felt like I can bring something that they didn’t have, to help them win.”
With the Nuggets, he didn’t get much of an opportunity, but he learned a lot playing with former MVP Nikola Jokic. One of the best passing big men in the league, Jokic imparted wisdom to Hartenstein about reading defenders and not being afraid of making mistakes. “He just taught me there’s certain aspects where you look more at the defender. Sometimes I can get the pass through it because the defender is not looking at [the ball],” he said. “Just looking people off with my eyes.”
“He’ll be good [for them]. You can run stuff through him, he can make plays, he can make passes,” the Clippers’ coach told The Post in between games at NBA summer league. “Defensively, he’s one of Thibs’ types of guys. He can switch at the 5 position, good in the drops. He’s very athletic and so he can do a lot of different things. “He had a great year for us. With all the injuries we had, for him to come and fill in the way he did, he became one of our better passers at the 5-man position.”