The season is over for the Atlanta Hawks, so we will now take a look at each player on the roster and give them grades for different categories.
Dennis Schröder was taken 17th overall by the Hawks in the 2013 NBA Draft, and he was viewed as a project, but his potential to be something special was undeniable. The now 20 year old out of Germany had to work on developing an outside shot, but his ability to see the floor and make accurate passes drew comparisons to Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
Ultimately, Schröder played in just 49 games and logged 641 minutes for the Hawks, and he left us with more questions than answers. Part of the reason for his lack of playing time was due to the emergence of Shelvin Mack in a reserve role, but part of it was his play.
So, how did Schröder do this season? Let’s take a look:
Dennis Schröder’s offensive ceiling is probably his highest, but often times he struggled with taking care of the ball. He averaged 3.4 turnovers per 36 minutes, and he seemed lost for long spurts when he was given time to play. His shot wasn’t great, as he shot just 38% from the field, and 24% from the beyond the arc. He also had troubling finishing around the basket, shooting just 51% at the rim. As the season wore on, he started to look more comfortable, and showed flashes of what he could be. The reason he gets a C- is due to the small flashes he showed us late in the year, and now that he has one season under his belt, he could earn himself a bigger role next campaign. Schröder averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 assists per game. Per 36 minutes he averaged 10.3 points and 5.2 assists, showing the potential this young player has.
Schröder showed some defensive prowess at the Las Vegas Summer League last July, as he was putting full court pressure on opposing point guards, and tallied a nice number of steals. Going into the season, there was some hope that he could come off the bench and play some nice defense on the point guards of the NBA. That stifling defense that appeared in Summer League was long gone once the games that counted started in November, and Schröder was introduced to the NBA in a harsh way. He was often gambling too much, which caused him to have poor positioning, and that led to a quick benching by Budenholzer. He would also foul too often, and ended up averaging over 3 fouls per 36 minutes. If he can get a little stronger, and develop a smarter approach, his defense could improve next season.
Dennis Schröder’s rookie season was far from impressive, but he did show some flashes of being a productive player moving forward. If he can continue to develop under Budenholzer and this system, there is still much hope for the young point guard. He needs to work on getting stronger, decision making, and his jump shot. The verdict is still out on the 20 year old from Germany.
Summer League should be good for his development, just take a look at what he did last July: