The star point guard, Dennis Schroder, enters his fifth season in the NBA with the Hawks as the organization went through a plethora of changes during the Summer. From losing three starters via Trade and Free Agency, an apparent youth movement is taking place in Atlanta.
Entering the 2017-18 campaign, Schroder is one of three Hawks remaining from the 60 win season from 2014-15, and in his second year as a starter, can he lead by example?
Last year, he proved to most fans that he’s a starter in the NBA and that he’s got many bright years ahead. The Hawks front office expressed their trust in Dennis prior to the season by signing him to a 4-year, $70 million dollar extension. It was perfect timing and well deserved.
In his fourth year in the NBA and first season as a starter, Schroeder averaged (17.9) points per game, (6.3) assists per game, and (3.1) rebounds per game. He’s a scoring point guard, which is both an advantage and disadvantage in the NBA for someone trying to learn the game as a starter.
At times, Dennis went through growing pains which affected the team’s ball movement and we saw ill advised decision making in his choices to take a shot over passing the ball to his shooters which resulted in turnovers.
Despite having a whole new group of guys, and learning how to play with them, Schroder’s production should continue to be at a high level. Every year since the Hawks drafted the guard in 2013, he’s vastly improved! From decision making, learning to thrive in Coach Budenholzer’s system, to eventually becoming one of the leaders on the current Atlanta Hawks roster.
Personally, I expect him to average around (25) Points Per Game, and for Schroder to become one of the league’s most improved players. Despite the success or failures of the Hawks roster, True Believers should be excited to watch the progression of Dennis Schroder as a legitimate NBA Point Guard. The future with Schroder at the helm is bright, he’s 23 and is far from done making an impact not only for the Hawks but around the NBA. If he continues to put in the hard work, we could have a top tier point guard eventually.