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OKC Thunder: Dennis Schroeder by the numbers

By John Rohde Published: June 18, 2013
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Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 168 pounds

Birth date: Sept. 15, 1993

Hometown: Braunschweig, Germany

European team: New Yorker Phantoms (Braunschweig)

2012-13 stats: 25.1 mpg; 12.0 ppg; 3.2 apg; 2.5 rpg; .422 FG percentage; .832 FT percentage

Strengths: Outstanding speed and quickness. Handles ball well in traffic. Superb on-ball defender. Excellent first step and changes speed well. Has a good hesitation dribble and is effective in the open court. Solid passer with good vision. Has a 6-foot-7 wingspan.

Weaknesses: Often gets out of control and turnover-prone. Midrange shooting needs improvement. Improved his 3-point shooting overseas, but that's not at NBA depth. Has trouble finishing at the basket. Needs to add physical strength and become more efficient.

How he could help the Thunder: Who wouldn't want a terrific on-ball defender? Sam Presti found a 19-year-old Tony Parker in France 11 years ago, and Schroeder has the same build and makeup. Still only 19, Schroeder offers some very intriguing possibilities.

Projections: No. 12 (hoopshype.com); No. 14 (si.com; espn.com); No. 15 (draftexpress.com); No. 16 (nbadraft.net); No. 29 (cbssports.com)

Quotable: “The only comparison in line with (Rajon) Rondo is body build — long arms, big hands. Rondo was not an offensive player except for getting to the basket. He couldn't shoot the ball. I think Dennis is a better shooter at the same stage. Rondo is so much better defensively than Dennis.” – Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin