I've got a feeling Dennis Schroeder is going to make it awfully tough for the Hawks to keep him limited in a part-time role.
Though the consistency hasn't been there in preseason, Schroeder looks the part and has the tools to make an immediate impact. He finished his last exhibition test with 21 points and four assists, looking comfortable operating as the primary ball-handler.
Schroeder is constantly in facilitating mode, using the dribble to manipulate the defense in an attempt to set up teammates for scoring opportunities. Ultra quick off the bounce, Schroeder shows good vision and passing instincts when creating in the half court.
He's tough to keep up with laterally, and with a promising jumper in the works, he might be even harder to stay in front of when defenders are forced to challenge him on the perimeter.
Atlanta's backcourt is somewhat shallow, and it could use a spark like Schroeder off the bench—even if it means pairing him with Jeff Teague.
I've got Schroeder emerging as the most coveted point guard in the class by the time his rookie season is over.