Photo source: the Atlanta Hawks' official blog
According to NBADraft.net, the Celtics have promised German point guard Dennis Schroeder they will take him with the No. 16 pick if he is available.
Whether or not that is true is anybody's guess, and it's kind of hard to see what Boston really gains from this leaked information. Regardless of all of the chatter, Schroeder is a possibility for the C's.
You might be wondering why in the world the Celtics would go this route when they have Rajon Rondo manning the show, but taking into account the recent talk that Garnett wants to return for another season, according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston (via CSNNE.com), it makes sense.
After all, we all saw how badly Boston needed a backup floor general this past year, so if the C's are going to attempt to make another run, patching up that hole is one of the things they must do.
The 19-year-old Schroeder is blindingly quick, probably representing the fastest player in the draft. On top of that, he possesses a pretty solid jump shot, shooting 40 percent from three-point range this past season in Germany. So, not only can he blow by defenders out on the perimeter, but he can also make them pay if they give him any kind of space.
As one would anticipate given his foot speed, Schroeder is also a very good on-ball defender, making him a tantalizing prospect for the defense-oriented Celtics. Mixing and matching the trio of Rondo, Avery Bradley and Schroeder could result in a havoc-wreaking backcourt.
Finally, similar to Rondo, although Schroeder is not exactly tall at 6'2", he has a 6'7.25" wingspan.
There is a very good chance that Schroeder is the best player available at No. 16, and that may be too tempting for Boston to pass up—especially considering Schroeder seems an awful lot like Rondo with a three-point jumper.