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OKC Thunder: Dennis Schroeder ready to go pro

At 19 years old, many think the German point guard will go in the first round of the NBA Draft, maybe to Boston.
By John Rohde Published: June 18, 2013

When Schroeder skipped drills at last month's Chicago pre-draft combine due to “tooth pain,” it prompted speculation Schroeder already had received a first-round promise, which equates to denying other teams a chance to evaluate him.

The strongest rumors have that promise coming from the Boston Celtics, who own the No. 16 pick.

“Nobody has talked to me,” Schroeder told the Racine (Wis.) Journal Times. “I'm just hoping to go in the first round.”

Schroeder's agent, Alex Saratsis, also discredited the claim.

“I don't know where that came from,” he said. “I don't know anything about that.”

Not-so-coincidentally, Schroeder has been compared to the Celtics' Rajon Rondo, and also to Darren Collison of the Dallas Mavericks.

“I play like him a little bit,” Schroeder said of Rondo. “He's got defense, too. He's got the long arms. After the pick-and-roll, he finds the open guy. I've seen a lot of NBA games. I've seen him. I've seen Chris Paul, everybody who's got a good point guard.”

Though still learning English, Schroeder expresses himself well, but critics claim he needs to communicate better on the court.

Despite growing up thousands of miles away, Schroeder obviously paid close attention to the game. While discussing Paul, he referred to Paul's days in New Orleans with Tyson Chandler.

Though it's extremely doubtful Schroeder will play anything more than a reserve role as a rookie, opinions vary on how well-prepared he is for the NBA.

“I've played two years now against men,” Schroeder said, “so I think that will help me a lot to get ready for the NBA.”

12 for No. 12

As part of the James Harden trade with Houston last October, the Thunder obtained the No. 12 overall selection in the June 27 NBA Draft via Toronto. We look at 12 potential candidates the Thunder might consider taking with that No. 12 pick.

Today: German point guard Dennis Schroeder.


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