Dennis Schröder Lives “Dream” of Playing Against Rondo

Friday, February 28, 2014
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Milwaukee Bucks

Some might call it a dream season for 20-year-old rookie point guard Dennis Schröder.  Hours after being drafted 17th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2013 NBA Draft, Schröder took to Skype from his German homeland to chat with the media and answer questions.  He was still a teenager at the time, but he was already packing for the states with an opportunity to make an NBA roster.

He’s since made the roster, been a mainstay in 2014 after spending part of 2013 in the D-League and has seen some court time as the team’s third point guard.  Not bad for a kid who never played basketball in America before starting at point guard for the Hawks during the Las Vegas Summer League.

In some ways, it would appear Schröder’s dream was already coming true this season.  That dream was heightened Wednesday when he took the court in TD Garden, guarding Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, and he took to Twitter to share the excitement with a screen shot of the action:

Schröder has mentioned on multiple occasions that Rondo is one of his favorite players and someone he wants to model his game after.  In an interview with the Boston Globe last month, he said:

“Every time I do an interview, everybody tells me that,” Schroder said of the comparisons to Rondo. “For me, it means a lot because he’s like the best point guard in the NBA and I hope that I’ll be one day like him and be an All-Star and win championships. I think with his long arms and defense and his [ability] to see the open guys, yeah, I compare me a little bit like him, too.”

Basketball scouts often compared the speedy, defensive-minded, pass-first German guard to the former Boston All-Star in the weeks leading up to the draft this summer.

As Schröder continues to develop in the NBA, so will his dream.  But for now, this is a pretty good start.

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images

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