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Michael Porter Jr. is ready to do more than just fill the void on the Denver Nuggets caused by the departures of key wing players such as Cheap Jerami Grant Jersey and Cheap Torrey Craig Jersey.
The second-year forward is prepared to not only be a full-time starter, but believes he’s ready to be the third star that Jamal Murray and Cheap Nikola Jokic Jersey need.
“Yeah, I do,” Porter said when asked if he thinks he can become the second- or third-leading scorer on the team.
“I want to be one of the best players,” Porter later added. “And I want to guard the best players and I want the best players on the other team to guard me.”
As the Denver Nuggets return to training camp, it’s important for fans to become reacquainted with their favorite team. During a shortened offseason, the Nuggets made several player transactions, more than usual, and the resulting roster looks very different than it did before. 10 players on the 2019-20 roster have returned for the 2020-21 season, and they are:
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Monte Morris – point guard
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Vlatko Čančar – power forward
Nikola Jokić – center
That leaves seven roster spots, each of which the Nuggets have filled with a player hoping to move the Nuggets closer to winning their first championship in franchise history.
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Isaiah Hartenstein Player Profile
Previous Team: Houston Rockets
Height, Weight, Wingspan: 7’0”, 250 lbs, 7’2”
Per Game Table
Season Tm G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2017-18 RIO 38 11 18.7 3.6 6.3 .571 0.3 0.9 .343 3.3 5.3 .611 2.0 2.9 .685 2.8 3.8 6.6 1.2 0.5 1.1 1.4 3.0 9.5
2018-19 RIO 26 26 32.4 7.8 12.5 .622 0.7 2.4 .274 7.1 10.1 .703 3.2 5.0 .646 5.2 9.8 14.9 3.7 0.7 2.0 3.3 3.4 19.4
2019-20 RIO 14 14 32.6 9.4 16.2 .581 0.9 3.3 .261 8.6 12.9 .663 2.9 4.4 .661 4.7 10.1 14.8 4.2 1.4 1.1 3.2 3.6 24.9
Career 78 51 25.8 6.0 10.1 .595 0.5 1.8 .287 5.5 8.3 .663 2.6 3.9 .663 3.9 6.9 10.8 2.6 0.7 1.4 2.3 3.2 15.6
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How did Hartenstein get to the Nuggets?
Hartenstein grew up playing international basketball, having grown up in Germany while his father, Florian Hartenstein. After a few seasons playing professionally as a teenager, he declared for the NBA draft in 2017. The Houston Rockets selected him with the 43rd overall pick, and he spent most of his time with the franchise’s G-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He’ll actually come to the Nuggets with experience playing with Cheap Monte Morris Jersey, as the two players were teammates during the 2017-18 season.
Hartenstein made the 2018-19 All-G-League team, and has been one of the best big men to play in the league the past few seasons. He only saw limited minutes with the Rockets when he would get called up to the NBA, but when given the opportunity to play in the G League, he was highly effective. The Rockets waived him last season, and as an unrestricted free agent, he was free to sign with the Nuggets.
What to Expect from Hartenstein
For starters, Hartenstein is not a big, white stiff that Nuggets fans have grown accustomed to as the backup big on the team — Hartenstein’s father is African-American. He’s an impressive dunker, similar to Cheap Mason Plumlee Jersey, with the ability to powerfully finish with both hands when given a lane to the basket. It’s not difficult to see him finishing a couple dunks per game courtesy of a nifty pass from Monte Morris or Facu Campazzo.
While he is able to use his athleticism to finish efficiently around the rim, there’s a burgeoning skill set in his game that he has yet to fully untap. He has a flair for the dramatic, and will occasionally find a teammate open for an easy basket as he’s diving to the rim. He shoots fine enough from the free throw line (66% career in the G League), and has shown the ability to shoot from behind the 3-point line, although it’s a shot that he still needs to develop. I could see him learning how to shoot from the corners, focusing on becoming skilled from one area, giving him one additional way to space the floor when he’s on the court.
He’s going to play with a lot of energy, setting good screens and crashing the glass for rebounds. He’ll have to commit to becoming more disciplined on defense, and reining in some of his emotions to maintain focus on his assignments.
Denver has an interesting positional battle for the backup big role going into training camp. While Hartenstein is older and has more experience, he plays a similar game to Cheap Zeke Nnaji Jersey. The coaching staff will get a good chance to see which player edges out the other, and earns the minutes that will be available behind Jokic.
A two-year contract is a great gamble for both Hartenstein and the Nuggets. If Hartenstein is capable of replicating some of the play that make him great in the G-League, he’ll be a nice contributor to the team over the next two seasons. He’ll have shown the NBA that he’s worth a bigger contract, and will be able to thank the Nuggets for helping him refine his game. If it doesn’t work out, he won’t hurt the team’s salary cap and he won’t be around for too long. Thank goodness they didn’t pay their backup center $40 million this time around — one of Nnaji or Hartenstein should be able to fill that role plenty fine.
One thing is for certain — when he started for Houston, he was a beast. The Nuggets may have found something great here. It’s going to take a lot of polishing, but I’m excited.
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Tim Connelly, Nuggets president of basketball operations, said it is a poorly kept secret that the Nuggets need Porter to take a big step forward this season. They lost Grant’s versatility, particularly on defense, when the forward signed with the Detroit Pistons. And Craig, one of the team’s other top wing defenders, signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
After sitting out the 2018-19 season following back surgery, Porter’s playing time fluctuated to start his rookie season. Elevated into the starting lineup due to injuries, Porter shined during the seeding games in the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Florida. He was named to the All-Seeding Games second team after averaging 22.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and one steal in seven games.
He started three games in the postseason and was inconsistent, averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. But the experience of playing 23.7 minutes per game in the playoffs on a team that pulled off two straight historic 3-1 series comebacks to reach the Western Conference finals was incredibly valuable.
“I kind of saw everything last year,” said Porter. “We played LeBron [James] in the playoffs, I played against Kawhi [Leonard], Paul George, all the best players at my position. So I feel like I have some experience now going into this season that I didn’t have last year in my first year playing.”
“I went from DNPs to starting on a Western Conference finals team in the playoffs,” Porter added. “I learned a lot in one year and looking to carry that over to this year. I want to make a really big jump. I’ve been working really hard in all the areas that I saw that I need to get better in the playoffs. I’m excited and I feel like I’m ready.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that the starting spots at shooting guard, small forward and power forward have yet to be decided, but he believes Porter can make a big leap.
“I think [he] really showed himself well in those 19 playoff games that he had a chance to play in in Orlando,” Malone said. “And I think Cheap Michael Porter Jersey has a chance to be an all-league talent, and I’m excited to see what he can do this year.”
Veteran Will Barton, who left the bubble prior to the seeding games because of a knee injury, said he is feeling better and has made it clear he prefers not to come off the bench.
“I’m a starter in this league,” Barton told reporters Friday. “I think I’ve proved that year in and year out being one of the most consistent players in the whole NBA.
“… I think it is clear-cut who I am in this league.”