The 17th overall pick from the 2013 NBA draft is headed to the Bakersfield Jam.
The Atlanta Hawks announced Wednesday that the young German point guard will be joining fellow teammate Jared Cunningham and will be manning the starting point guard role for the Jam while on assignment. Schröder seemed to have fallen out of the rotation since his one game suspension back in early November. The point guard has been averaging 3.7 points and 2.5 assists in 13.9 minutes a night, and he has only appeared in back to back games once following the Cousins incident. Mike Budenholzer commented on Schröder headed to California following the win over the Clippers:
A big part of development is playing. Where the rotations are right now, his best chance of opportunity to get court time and development is going to play games and minutes in the D-League.
When asked how long he believes the assignment will last he stated:
My guess is he’ll be back sooner but we’ll see how it’s going down there and how it’s going up there.
Dennis is set to debut for Bakersfield tonight as the Jam face the Los Angeles D-Fenders. In addition to joining Cunningham, Dennis will be playing alongside Damion James, who the Hawks selected 24th in the 2010 draft before trading his rights to the Brooklyn Nets (then New Jersey Nets) for Jordan Crawford and Tibor Pleiß. James was acquired by the Jam on December 5th and its unknown if he will play tonight.
While Dennis is in the D-League, Shelvin Mack will continue his duties as the backup point guard as well as Lou Williams who is edging closer to the removal of his playing time restrictions. The Hawks are set to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Philips Arena.