In the 2013 NBA draft, Dennis Schröder seemed like a “potential” pick for the Hawks at the 17th selection in the first round.
However, he proved this summer that his potential is ready now.
In Vegas, he wowed everyone—players, coaches, GMs and media alike. Everyone was impressed with how he commanded the offense, how well he conducted himself and how he managed his teammates. He communicated well with teammates on the court, using gestures and eye contact to get them where he wanted or needed them to set up the play.
When he had the ball in his hands on offense, he was in complete control. He ran the pick-and-roll offense to perfection, easily finding shooters and cutters when coming off of high-post screens. His passing is impressive, as he exhibits amazing court vision. He averaged nearly six assists in five games during the Las Vegas summer league.
Defensively, he has great quickness and applies quality pressure to opposing guards. He proved to be a ball hawk, averaging nearly two steals per game this summer. However, he had problems with fighting through screens, being forced out of the play. Like Nogueira, he will need to work on adding some muscle to his frame.
Schröder demonstrated the wisdom to be selective with his shots, choosing only to shoot when he was comfortable or open. He will, however, need to work on his accuracy, but that is something that will come with time and repetition.
If we learned anything from Vegas, it is that Dennis Schröder looks to be the point guard of the future for the Atlanta Hawks.