Hartenstein’s consistent play will be huge for the Knicks’ playoff chances

There are only 11 games left before the start of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. Hartenstein will be crucial in thwarting opposing interior attacks on the defense and creating second chance opportunities for his teammates.

The Knicks face formidable offenses in the Eastern Conference that have size and athleticism. The Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers all have multiple 7-footers, or close to that, who can cause damage to the paint and midrange.

Having a healthy Hartenstein alongside Precious Achiuwa, behind Mitchell Robinson once he returns, will only improve the Knicks’ chances of making it far in the postseason this time.