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Dennis Schroeder Picked by Atlanta Hawks: Scouting Report and Analysis

May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dennis Schroeder is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

With the No. 17 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Dennis Schroeder from Germany.

Here's everything you need to know about Schroeder:

Physical Tools

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Schroeder's physical attributes:

Schroeder makes an impression just by standing there with a jersey on. At 6'2'' with strong shoulders and long arms, you'd think he was an NBA guard if we covered his face with a mask.

As a true point guard, Schroeder has a lightning-quick first step that he uses to torch perimeter defenses. He's a good athlete but not a superstar and will need to put weight onto that 164-pound frame.

Schroeder's footwork is tremendous. He's able to change directions and speeds on a dime.

 

Getting to Know Dennis Schroeder

As he transitions to the NBA, Schroeder shows a healthy amount of confidence in his game and potential. He's 19 years old and coming from overseas, but he has a self-assurance knowing he's competed against grown men professionally in Europe.

 

NBA Player Comparison

Using his bursts of speed, ball-handling skills and defensive pressure, Schroeder can impact the game like Darren Collison.

If he ends up performing on the lower end of his projected spectrum, he'll be a speedy playmaking spark plug like Patrick Beverley.

 

Pro Predictions

Schroeder is young and needs refinement as a mid-range scorer and decision-maker, so he probably won't put up eye-popping numbers in his first couple of years.

But he didn't become an attractive prospect because he's ready. He shot up the draft board because he's shown flashes of brilliance and has phenomenal potential.

Depending on how quickly he develops as a jump-shooter and finisher, he could become a top-10 point guard in his early 20s. 

When you factor in his 6'8" wingspan and defensive skills, he'll be one of the best all-around floor generals in the league.

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