When the German national team stated that their goal was to go deep into the EuroBasket tournament, they knew that they had to have a huge tournament from ex-Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder. With the exception of the first game where he struggled a little, Schroder has not disappointed.
Currently, the German team is the only undefeated team in the entire tournament. This is incredible given that they are ranked 11th in the world and have played some teams who are ranked higher in the world. A lot of this is thanks to Schroder and Orlando Magic player Franz Wagner.
Still, quarter-final play is the first stage of the tournament where teams can be knocked out by a single loss. Schroder, Wagner, and Daniel Theis of the Houston Rockets made sure that Giannis Antetokounmpo would not hand them that first loss. A tremendous third quarter by Germany was enough to see them through to the quarter-finals.
Ex-Atlanta Hawks guard outdueled the Greek Freak.
First, let’s celebrate the game of one of the greatest basketball players on the planet. Antetokounmpo had 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting but only went 1-of-5 from deep and 4-of-8 from the free throw line. He also had eight assists, seven rebounds, and three steals. However, he had a minus 19 impact on the box score.
Schroder had 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 3-of-6 from deep and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. On top of that, he had eight assists, three rebounds, and a steal. He was a big part of the third-period push where the German team took control of the contest, ending up with a plus 19 impact on the box score.
Schroder has been amazing for Germany this whole tournament. He is using this as a platform to announce that he is still one of the top free agents left on the market and that he is almost certainly going to help any team that signs him to get wins.
It is unlikely that the Atlanta Hawks will sign Schroder, given that their point guard stocks are full but there is interest out there for the veteran. We should see him back in the league next season, particularly if he guides Germany to a win in the EuroBasket tournament,