Dennis Schroeder Scouting Report


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Cole’s Take:

Dennis Schroeder Scouting Report

Size: 6’2, 165

Position: Point Guard

Age: 19

School: Germany

 

Strengths:

  • Speed & Quickness
  • Tight Handle
  • Excellent At Changing Speeds/Pace Off The Dribble
  • Impossible To Stay in Front Of In Transition
  • Dribble Penetration
  • First Step
  • Lateral Agility Defensively
  • Positional Size/Wingspan
  • Spot Up Shooting

Measuring in at 6-2 with an impressive 6-7 wingspan, Schroeder possesses NBA level point guard size and length.  What makes Schroeder a lottery prospect is his speed, quickness and lateral agility.  Schroeder’s lateral agility is probably the best in the draft at the position and makes him a potential on-ball defensive terror when paired with his length.

Schroeder possesses elite speed and quickness, and is near impossible to stay in front of.  It’s not just straight-line speed either.  He changes speed with the ball fluidly and his tight handle allows him to dribble effectively in traffic.  Schroeder will be able to blow by defenders from day one and break defenses down, which is invaluable for teams in a league that has seen a transformation to more open/spread offensive schemes.

While Schroeder isn’t an elite overall shooter due to flawed mechanics, he was one of the most efficient catch and shoot players in Europe.  He has also demonstrated the ability to shoot threes off the dribble effectively.   Schroeder shows solid decision making out of pick and rolls, and seemed much more comfortable in pick and roll sets this past year as he continued to mature mentally.

Overall, Schroeder has the physical tools and defensive ability that make him the highest upside point guard in the draft.

Weaknesses

  • Below The Rim Player
  • Undeveloped Mid-Range Game
  • Finishing Ability
  • Lack Of A Left Hand
  • Weight
  • Competition

While Schroeder is an excellent athlete laterally, he does not possess the explosiveness and leaping ability of say a Damian Lillard.  As a result he isn’t a great finisher around the basket.  His go-to inclination seems to be the floater, which is a work in progress.  Schroeder almost seems lazy at times when attempting to finish and loses focus in just throwing up one-handed prayers.  Most of his weaknesses in this area are correctable with coaching.  However, he definitely needs to develop a consistent floater.

Schroeder also hasn’t developed a left hand and doesn’t have a mid-range game in his arsenal.  Everything is either a three or a shot at the rim.  He also needs to fill out with about 15 pounds of muscle, because 165 is too frail for the next level.

In regards to shooting mechanics, Schroeder has a kind of push set shot almost like Leandro Barbosa, which gives pause as to whether he has the strength and form to shoot the NBA three consistently and effectively.

The German league Schroeder played in is held in high regard, but certainly did not have NBA level athletes, thus the sample size for evaluating Schroeder against NBA type athletes is not significant.  However, at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland Schroeder went against the likes of touted 2014 prospect Andrew Harrison, who could not stay in front of Schroeder.

Best Fits: Utah and Boston

It’s well known that Utah is in the market for a point guard.  The Jazz typically prefer point guards who can shoot, and with a frontcourt core of Favors and Kanter moving forward acquiring a lead guard of that nature is important so defenses don’t just sag off  Utah’s guards and collapse on their bigs.  While Schroeder isn’t Larkin or Burke he shoots well enough not to be an offensive liability and someone teams will completely disregard in helping on their bigs.  It is rumored that Schroeder already has a promise in the lottery and Utah is speculated to be that team.

Boston also needs a backup point guard as Avery Bradley is definitively an off guard.  Schroeder’s defensive prowess would give Boston a terrorizing 3 guard rotation defensively.   Rondo’s future in Boston is somewhat hazy as well, thus acquiring a similar replacement makes sense if all reputable center prospects are off the board.

Best Case Scenario: Better Shooting Poor Man’s Rajon Rondo

Worst Case Scenario: Darren Collison

 

 

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