When Dennis Schroder was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th pick of last year’s draft, many analysts suggested that they had gotten a real steal. With comparisons being made to Rajon Rondo for his playing style, and large hands, some even went as far to suggest that history might eventually deem Schroeder as the best of his class.
The early signs did little to dismiss this either. Following an excellent showing at Summer League, Schroder kept up his impressive performances in preseason. This meant he entered the season as the Hawks’ second point guard, just behind Jeff Teague in the rotation.
That didn’t last long though, as once the regular season started, Schroder struggled to cope. The young German was guilty of frequent turnovers, and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer didn’t hesitate in cutting his minutes accordingly.
Having seen less of Schroder than expected in his rookie season, what does his future hold?
Let’s take a look at what we learned about the 20-year-old this year.