Isaiah Hartenstein has played in 157 consecutive games, by far the most out of every active Knick. As of late due to Mitchell Robinson’s season-ending injury, the German-American has been slotted in New York’s starting rotation.
Hartenstein is as physical as a player could get, literally leaving blood and sweat on the MSG court. The 7-foot standing big man has been showing off his scrapes and scratches on his arm and hand.
Being on the 8th team of his professional career, Hartenstein is under an expiring contract and is slated for free agency. The way he is playing may cause the Knicks to give him a Big Apple signing if they chose to keep his talents.
While not as a proficient rebounder as big ol’ Mitch is, he does hold a big advantage over the frequently injured Robinson: games played. As mentioned earlier, Hartenstein has played in 157 consecutive games, which includes him being one of just 10 players in the league to play in all 82 games last season.
Hartenstein is a consistently healthy player who is able to go nicely in the starter role if needed.
Nevertheless, the New York Knicks are fun to watch and what the team as a whole is doing — well, it’s something special. Isaiah Hartenstein went from being a “who’s that” player to now a household name in Knicks’ land, and that’s a beautiful thing.
Finally after all these seasons of injuries it seems to be that New York has a true next-man up guy.