Report: C's make promise to PG Dennis Schroeder

Report: C's make promise to PG Dennis Schroeder
May 31, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Going into the 2013 NBA Draft, there are two glaring needs for the Celtics: center and point guard.

No, the C's aren't desperately looking for Rajon Rondo's replacement - not for the 2013-14 season, anyways.

But the Celtics went all season without a true backup point guard, and it was pretty clear that it hurt the C's, especially when Rondo went down with a torn ACL. Boston went point guard by committee, and while that seemed to work for a little bit, the honeymoon didn't last.

And don't forget, there's no guarantee that Rondo is healthy and ready to go in training camp or to start the season. Somebody needs to play point, right?

The Celtics have the 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft, and have hosted and been seen at a number of workouts. One of the players they've reportedly shown interest in is Pittsburgh center Steven Adams, who has been working out with former Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine. The other player is point guard Dennis Schroeder from Germany, whose stock has risen over the last month or so. reports that if Schroeder falls to the Celtics at No. 16, they've promised to draft him. Their mock draft has him going to the Celtics at No. 16. has Schroeder going to the Jazz at No. 14 with Steven Adams going to Boston at No. 16.

And speaking with earlier this month, Schroeder named Rajon Rondo as his favorite player.

"I play like [Rondo] a little bit," he said. "He's got defense too. He's got the long arms. After the pick and roll he finds the open guys. So I think I play a little bit like him."

So, who is Schroeder? He's 19 years old, 6-foot-2 and 168 pounds. Doing a little research on the kid, it's pretty clear that the best thing he's got going for him right now is his speed/quickness. The rest is on an upward trend, and that was apparent at recent workouts. The one knock seems to be that the level of competition he played in last year wasn't up to NBA-ready standards.

Here's a little bit of what and - two great sites if the NBA draft is your thing - have to say about Schroeder, but click the links to read much more on him and watch highlights.
Strengths: Point guard with effortless blow by speed to get by opponents virtually at will ... At 6'1-6'2, he has a huge wingspan at 6'7 1/4 ... Shows good form on his shot and his stats back that up, hitting 40% from 3 (on 3.3 attempts per game) and 84% from the line, averaging 11.9 ppg in 24 mpg during his season in the German Bundesliga ... Solid passer. Vision and playmaking skills seem to be developing nicely.

Weaknesses: Still raw, efficiency numbers this season could have been better ... His 3.3 to 2.9 a/to ratio display his need to become a more efficient ball protector and distributor. ... Despite his 40% 3 point shooting numbers, his shot appears to lack the ability to extend out to NBA 3 at this point, as he shoots a bit of a set shot ... Just 168 lbs. Frame is slight so getting stronger will be important. At this point he can be easily muscled and knocked off balance by bigger and stronger guards. ... Needs to develop the ability to go left.  Lacks experience playing against a high level of competition, having played this season with a low level German team (New Yorker Phantoms) with lower level Americans and Germans, and the team struggled (13-19).

Draft Express, on Schroeder's week in Portland at the combine:
"Featuring terrific ball-handling skills, a lightning quick first step, excellent speed in the open floor, and a penchant for getting teammates involved, Schroeder did an outstanding job in both transition and in the half-court, getting to virtually wherever he wanted on the floor. He executed his team's offense effectively, doing a good job of pushing the ball inside when needed, and finding teammates constantly spotting up on the perimeter or cutting to the rim for a layup after blowing past his man.

Combine his jump-shot with his first step, open-court speed and ability to get teammates involved, and you have a pretty complete skill-set for a NBA point guard, even if he still clearly has to work on his ability to finish around the rim, as indicated by the paltry 44% he's currently shooting from 2-point range in Germany.

Schroeder's lateral quickness might be the best of any point guard in this year's draft class, as he's able to put suffocating pressure on the ball in the full-court, bodying up his matchup and sliding with him every inch he takes up the court."