2017 NBA Draft Profile: Isaiah Hartenstein

06/21/2017 at 04:06pm

Isaiah Hartenstein is a left-handed, Oregon-born power forward whose father played for the Ducks before a long career in Germany. He emerged as a prospect early on with a strong showing at the 2014 FIBA U16 European Championship for Germany. Hartenstein averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for Zalgiris Kaunas in the Euroleague and Lithuanian League this season in his first experience against high level competition. He also competed at the Nike Hoop Summit and the FIBA U18 European Championship averaging 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.

  • Has excellent size for a power forward. Measured 7’1 in shoes with a 7’2¼ wingspan and mature 250-pound frame at the Nike Hoop Summit. Not the most explosive athlete, but is very fluid, quite coordinated, and can play above the rim on the move. Body has come a long way in a short time since he moved to Lithuania after playing in the lower divisions of Germany last season.
  • Has a promising skill level for a true 7-footer. Played a small role for the top team in Lithuania as he is still learning how to make the most of his size. Did most of his damage inside on Put Backs, Cuts, and Transition opportunities where his hands and finishing ability shined at times.

PlayType Analysis

  • Was most efficient this season making effort plays with his size and touch. 44% of his shots within the half court offense came inside and he converted those opportunities for a solid 1.224 points per shot around the rim in half court [62nd percentile]. Has great hands and likes to finish everything in close with two-handed dunks. A reliable catch and finish option even if he struggles to finish around length at times and is very left-hand dominant.
  • Flashes some ability to put the ball on the floor and make shots from the perimeter, but remains unpolished. Will attack closeouts and find the open man on the move. Appears tentative as a driver and commits traveling violations. Struggles to get all the way to the rim going one-on-one and tends to resort to spin moves or leaning jumpers to create space in the midrange. Can make a three, but scored only 0.761 points per jump shot in the half court [28th percentile] as his accuracy leaves something to be desired. Has potential as a floor spacer who can also make some plays from the mid-post.
  • Flashes intriguing passing ability threading the needle and delivering long outlet passes. Commits some careless turnovers and is still learning how to pick and choose his spots on the whole.


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Defensive Analysis

  • Has some impressive moments defensively when he is dialed in thanks to his combination of size and mobility. Holds his ground in the post and can move his feet well enough to switch some actions.
  • Was extremely foul prone this season, but also had some productive games blocking shots and pursuing loose balls on his best nights.
  • Can be a difference maker on the glass when he brings consistent energy. Lack of length limits his potential to some degree at the highest level.