Dennis Schroeder, No. 22 (Mock Draft)
The Nets pick a German PG with sky-high potential.
by Ryan Wallerson / @RCWallerson
The grand re-branding of the Nets is complete. The team is firmly entrenched in Brooklyn, a true rivalry with the Knicks is fast developing and, while Playoff losses always sting, the fact remains that the Nets just completed their best season since their new head coach was their primary superstar player.
The inaugural season is behind us. The black and white, Brooklyn Knight and Barclays Center have all been properly introduced. Now the organization can refocus on fortifying and strengthening the roster instead of the brand. The Nets won 49 games last season, good for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, but GM Billy King will surely look to get stronger for the inexperienced Coach Kidd. There are a few ways he can look to do that.
Jason Kidd may not have a game’s worth of experience at the helm of a team, but the man has played a little bit of point guard. For his knowledge of the position inside and out, it makes sense for Coach Kidd’s first draft pick as a head coach to be a player to whom he can impart his wisdom. Couple that with CJ Watson’s intent to opt out of the final year of his contract, and suddenly there’s a need for a viable backup PG on the roster, unless Brooklyn is willing to hand that position to Tyshawn Taylor with no other options behind him.
With the 22nd pick in the 2013 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Brooklyn Nets select…
Dennis Schroeder from Germany.
The 19-year-old Schroeder has gained a lot of notoriety across Europe in the last year. We in the United States are hearing this kid’s name for the first time, but there’s little doubt that he’s at least worth the discussion. The New Yorker Phantoms (from Braunschweig, Germany) point guard took big steps this past season and is looking to come stateside.
Known for his excellent play at speed and ball-handling abilities, Schroeder very clearly has the physical skills to develop into a very good point guard given the proper time and tutelage. His quickness off pick and rolls and passing ability also play toward that end; though at this point, Schroeder is still somewhat turnover prone for his sometimes questionable decision-making.
His body is still relatively immature, but his length will be one of his greater attributes in time. Schroeder stands at 6-1, and boasts a 6-8 wingspan and an 8-2 vertical reach. He is listed at 165 pounds, and not surprisingly, one of the knocks that you’ll hear about him is that he needs to develop more strength and presence in the paint.
Defensively, his long arms and quick feet are the perfect tools of above-average work, but his intensity and focus have to improve for him to perform at a high level consistently. All in all, when you hear about Schroeder, you like the good things you hear, and the bad things only remind you that he is a 19-year-old kid who still has plenty of work to do to reach his sky-high potential.
Slightly more alarming than any on-court deficiencies—though perhaps not completely unrelated—Schroeder seems to have somewhat of an attitude problem. He’s been noted as being a moody player who allows moments to get the better of him, and allows such instances to affect the way he treats teammates (though more recent reputation suggests marked improvement). That’s absolutely something that must change, especially as a point guard, and may be one of those things that Jason Kidd could quickly remedy as a head coach.
Putting such a raw product on the Nets, allowing him to learn under future Hall of Famer Coach Kidd and playing behind perennial All-Star Deron Williams, makes so much sense on paper it’s almost silly. Now that the focus is back on creating the best possible Brooklyn Nets roster, should Schroeder still be available when the 22nd pick rolls around, Billy King would do well to pick him up.
|2013 SLAMonline Mock Draft|
|1||Cavs||Otto Porter||16||Celtics||Mason Plumee|
|2||Magic||Nerlens Noel||17||Hawks||Lucas Nogueira|
|3||Wizards||Anthony Bennett||18||Hawks||Tony Mitchell|
|4||Bobcats||Ben McLemore||19||Cavs||Sergey Karasev|
|5||Suns||Victor Oladipo||20||Bulls||Gorgui Dieng|
|6||Pelicans||Trey Burke||21||Jazz||Ricky Ledo|
|7||Kings||CJ McCollum||22||Nets||Dennis Schroeder|