Isaiah Hartenstein, German, PF/C, Zalgiris, 18.9
-Measured really well at 7' 1.25 in shoes with a 9' 1 standing reach and a 250-pound frame, more than adequate to play the five at the NBA level (likely his more natural position in today's NBA). Similar physically to Donatas Motiejunas at the same age (in terms of height and reach), yet 26 pounds heavier.
-Solid athlete in space. Hunched and average in traffic but can play above the rim when he's able to load up. Agile for his size.
-Very physical and competitive. Plays with toughness. Not afraid to throw his weight around. Active on the offensive and defensive glass. Lifetime 14.0 rebounds per 40 minutes.
-Showed some instincts on the defensive glass. Can recover for blocks. Lifetime 2.5 steals and 2.4 blocks per 40 minutes. Going to compete. Experience with Zalgiris paying off.
-Agile enough to be effective as and pick and roll drop defender.
-Has the body and strength to defend the post. Proportionate frame that still has room to fill out.
-Did a nice job of playing the right way and moving the ball. Has some vision both from the high post and on the move. Can high low pass and drive and dish. Should develop into a plus-playmaker vs closeouts while at the five. Comfortable playing out of dribble handoffs.
-Showed he can make an occasional spot three despite unfavorable rotation and mechanics. Doesn't need to shoot it as well if he's at the five, which his tools suggest he'll be able to do.
-Has the agility to attack a closeout in space. Will finish with floaters at times. Not an NBA ready skill but an area that he can certainly build on.
-Average length relative to height - 7' 2.25 wingspan. Very hunched over. Doesn't play quite as big as his measurements suggest.
-Good athlete in space but a bit ground bound in traffic.
-Struggled to make shots from the perimeter. Shoots off the side of his hand. Crazy side spin. Off hand is very involved. Lifetime 28.4% from three and 61.6% from the free throw line. Ahead of a lot of current stretch fives at the same age but will definitely need a tweak in his mechanics. How does he score if he's not a threat from the perimeter?
-Poor, choppy footwork shooting off the dribble. Hunched nature hurts his ability to get all the way to the rim in a straight line.
-Overall touch in the half court isn't great. Will have to rely more on finesse at the NBA level and has yet to shown he's going to finish with touch consistently in the paint.
-Doesn't have a traditional post or face up game at this stage.
-Showed he can pass but his decision making has room to improve. Avoidable turnovers. Turns down open spot threes for contested floaters in the lane. Over 5.0 turnovers per 40 minutes (lifetime).
-Feet are good not great guarding the perimeter. Can he develop into a switch defender? Likely best in drop situations. Projects as more of a center defensively, especially in bench lineups.
-Gets down on himself easily. Very emotional after mistakes. Puts a lot of pressure on himself.
Hartenstein has developed the reputation as a 7-footer who can space the floor and attack from the perimeter but after a week in Portland he showed his initial value may be more as a hard-playing, 250-pound big who can make his presence felt on the glass and play with activity defensively as his offensive skill set continues to develop. Hartenstein may very well turn into a threat from NBA three down the road, but he showed that he has quite a bit of room to improve in that regard. His overall skill set offensively could use some polishing. With that said, Hartenstein has NBA tools to fall back on at 7' 1 with a great frame and impressive mobility. He competed all week long, playing only a couple hours from his hometown of Eugene, and proved that his time with Zalgiris has certainly helped him from a toughness standpoint. Hartenstein may not be the ultra-skilled stretch four man he showed flashes of in the past, but there's certainly room in the NBA for centers with his size, strength, aggressiveness, rebounding ability and potential skill set.