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14) Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
Basic Stats: 11.9 PPG, 2.5 REB, 3.3 AST
If the Dallas Mavericks end up keeping their lottery pick and selecting Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse, the Utah Jazz will have to find the best replacement point guard available. In that case, they’ll likely turn to Germany’s Dennis Schroeder.
Utah desperately needs to find a point guard to play with their young bigmen. With Al Jefferson likely leaving in freeagency, Utah will have more of a chance to showcase some of their younger bigs. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter both have high upsides and playing with an athletic pass-first point guard like Schroeder can certainly help them continue developing.
Schroeder is often compared to Rajon Rondo because they’re both explosive and have similar body builds, but Schroeder still has a long way to go before he reaches that level. His jump shot is inconsistent and he needs to get stronger if he’s going to rely on his quickness and athleticism for getting to the basket.
Virtually every NBA roster nowadays has a dynamic point guard and I think Schroeder can eventually become a solid starter in the NBA. Unlike the prospects coming out of college, Schroeder has been playing professional basketball for quite some time and he knows what it takes to make it to the next level. He has the work-ethic to continue growing and Utah’s situation could certainly help him develop at a fast rate.
Since he hasn’t played in the NCAA, Schroeder is still a relatively unknown prospect, so the Jazz will have to rely on his upside.
Everything we’ve heard about Schroeder has been regurgitated by every international scout. Utah needs a point guard and Schroeder is someone who’s skills will translate directly to the next level. The Jazz have a solid front court, so it’s time for them to continue building on the other pieces. Schroeder’s quickness and length makes him a good transition player, which is something the Jazz have lacked for quite some time.
Schroeder has the skill-set which is well suited for the NBA. With some development, he can certainly make an impact alongside some of Utah’s up and coming bigmen.