Atlanta Hawks players that will contend for awards in 2018

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Dennis Schroder: All-Star and Most Improved Player

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PORTLAND, OR – FEBRUARY 13: Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks talks with Dennis Schroder /

The best player on the Atlanta Hawks roster, Dennis Schroder will look to make the jump from an up-and-coming point guard to a star player and leader of the ball club. He spent his first two seasons shadowing All-Star Jeff Teague. After Teague was traded to the Pacers, it was clear the Schroder was the point guard for the future.

He answered the call and had the best season of his career last year, averaging about 18 points per game to go along with 6 assists per game in his first year seeing legitimate playing time. Statistically, he should be even better this season considering that he will be the main option on offense.

His speed and shiftiness gives him the ability to drive to the basket at will. This, along with his finishing ability, separates him from most other point guards. If healthy, he will improve and will gain worldwide recognition as one of the premier point guards in the NBA.

In order for him to take over this team and establish himself as the leader, Schroder understands that he needs to mature mentally on the court. If he succeeds at improving mentally (which I’m sure he will), expect his shooting percentage and assist rate to increase, while his turnovers decrease.

This being said, it is very reasonable to think of him as an All-Star caliber player and a potential Most Improved Player candidate.

Predicted Statistics: line- 21.3 ppg, 9.1 apg, 2.9 rpg     shooting % (FG/3P/FT)- 47%/41%/85%