Sources have indicated that the rumored promise to German PG Dennis Schroeder is with the Boston Celtics at the 16th pick.
— NBADraft.net (@nbadraftnet) May 31, 2013
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I’m not going to pretend to know a damn thing about this kid (I only just found out what he looks like). So here are a few words from his scouting reports.
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
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. Though it is important to keep in mind that he’s still just 19 … 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.
Please go to those links to read more about this guy because I only clipped a couple of things here and there’s much more in those reports.
As for the promise…. I’ll just say this…
I’ve gotten a lot of promises from a lot of pretty girls at a lot of bars. That doesn’t change the fact that I spent a lot of nights falling asleep on the couch at 4 AM with the Xbox still on.
Promises to pick people on draft night mean squat. That’s not to say the Celtics won’t draft this kid… I’m just saying it doesn’t necessarily mean they will.
Personally, I think the Celtics need some effective size, and if they can find it in the draft, they should get it. I”ve said it a bunch of times, the only way to get size right now is to trade for it or draft it. The Celtics can’t sign any free agent bigs (none that are worth a shit, anyway), so they have to find them somewhere else.
So we’ll see. Lord knows what Danny’s got cooking in that brain of his. For all we know, this kid will be our starting PG in 2 years. And since a bunch of you are probably already doing a “something” search for him, here’s a picture of Dennis Schroeder.
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