Knicks, how will coaching staff further develop key role players?

The Knicks have a strong supporting cast around Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson. Isaiah Hartenstein and Quentin Grimes have contributed significantly off the bench for New York in 2022-23 and will be instrumental to their continued success.

Among all teams that have shared the stage together in 30 or more games, Grimes, Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson, Mitchell Robinson, and RJ Barrett with 40.2 points per game in approximately 16 minutes of action ranked third in the Association.

Grimes, a 23-year-old forward, saw a 13-minute increase in playing time since his rookie season and shot 46.8 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three, nearly doubling his scoring. Additionally, among 122 players who played 29 or more minutes, Grimes was one of only eight to average one turnover or less, demonstrating his efficiency.

Meanwhile, Hartenstein provided hustle, energy, and strong finishing in the paint. His per 36-minute averages of 9.0 points and 11.9 rebounds along with 1.4 blocks demonstrate that he can produce in an expanded role.

Hartenstein joined Mark Williams, Andre Drummond, and Nick Richards as the only players to grab six or more rebounds in less than 20 minutes of play. However, his 2.6 fouls trailed only Dwight Powell for the most in the same playing time, and a reduction in that area will allow Hartenstein to charm the foul-prone Robinson more.