With the 16th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics may target a backup point guard.
This need was put on display in the playoffs, as without Rondo, the team lacked a player that could consistently control the ball.
One player that fits the need is German native Dennis Schroeder.
Until this year, Schroeder was relatively unknown throughout the international community. But after putting together a remarkable season, Schroeder is slated to be a mid first round pick in this year’s NBA draft.
Standing at 6’2, the 19 year old has an average height for an NBA point guard, but his 6’7 wingspan sets him apart.
While his measurements are above average, Schroeder’s offensive game is what makes him an interesting prospect.
Schroeder is an excellent point guard prospect, as he possesses both great court vision and electric ball handling skills. He can play in both transition and in the half court, but his most intriguing asset is his ability to score the ball from anywhere on the court.
Schroeder is a lights out shooter that thrives in catch and shoot situations, but he could look to improve his inside game.
In Germany this past season, Schroeder posted elite percentages: 43.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%, and 83.2 FT%.
In addition to his versatile offensive game, Schroeder has greatly improved his defensive game. Given his large wingspan, he should be able to cover both guard positions in the NBA.
Dennis Schroeder would fit in well with the Celtics, as he could provide the spark off of the bench that the team lacked in the playoffs. He also would have no pressure to contribute immediately, as both Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley would be ahead of him on the depth chart.
He would likely start off the season as the teams backup point guard, playing a few minutes in every game as a change of pace to Rondo. But he possesses the upside to develop into an NBA star.
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