Welcome to another installment of the “Making the Leap” series. The person I’ll be talking about today is Dennis Schroder, who has been around for a couple of seasons now but looks to make a big jump this offseason.
Dennis Schroder was selected back in the 2013 NBA Draft with the 17th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. In his rookie year he averaged only 3.7 points in 49 games. In his sophomore season, he averaged 10.0 points a game and showed production running the second unit. He even received some votes for Sixth Man and Most Improved Player of the Year.
This past season there were talks of the team moving on from Jeff Teague. Those talks made it clear the Hawks wanted Schroder to be the starting point guard. Jeff Teague was traded to the Indiana Pacers this offseason and it looks like the Hawks are comfortable with Schroder as the full-time starter.
Dennis Schroder 2015-2016 regular season averages: 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.9 steals while shooting 42.1% from the field (including 32.2% from three). Played in 80 games and started 6 games.
The stat line above is impressive, especially when he was only limited to 20.6 minutes a game. He was one of the more reliable scorers for the Hawks this season.
With Jeff Teague being dealt to the Indiana Pacers, Schroder is now the clear starter as the point guard. You knew it was time for a change when Schroder scored 21 points in the final playoff game while Teague was on the bench. Schroder averaged 15 points during the Hawks second round matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If you put his numbers per 36 minutes, he would average 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Now with Dennis Schroder being the main guy, expect the offense to be more fast paced.
The Atlanta Hawks will look different this upcoming season without their past two starters (Jeff Teague and Al Horford) . Paul Millsap is the first scoring option but Schroder is not far behind. Still at 22 years old, the forth year guard has the potential to improve now that he’ll have full-time starting minutes.