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New York Knicks 2013 NBA Draft Watch: Dennis Schroeder

May 31st, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne

One area the New York Knicks might look to address in the 2013 NBA Draft is their backcourt. With Iman Shumpert and the likely to return J.R. Smith holding down the shooting guard position they Knicks are fairly set in that area. However, behind Raymond Felton the Knicks have two of the oldest backups in the NBAJason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni — and the team might lose Prigioni in free agency. It wouldn't be surprising if the Knicks grabbed a point guard with the 24th pick. If he's available Dennis Schroeder from Germany could answer the Knicks needs for a young and athletic quarterback for their offense.

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Dennis Schroeder is a 6'2", 165 pound point guard from Braunschweig, Germany. He's a 19 year old prospect who has become one of the hottest prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft. Not only is he a natural leader but he has terrific ball-handling skills to go along with a lightning quick first step. He is very skilled at getting his teammates involved in the offense and excels in the open court with his excellent speed in the open floor.

Schroeder shows great court vision and does a great job running the offense in both transition and in the half-court. He can push the ball inside when needed and find open teammates cutting to the hoop or spotting up on the perimeter. He has a great ball-handling skills and can get to wherever he wanted on the floor.

He thrives in offenses with good spacing where he can attack the defense and find shooters around the court. However, his pick and roll skills are still developing. He does and excellent job of reading the floor and knowing when it's time to accelerate or decelerate and making the defense react. Schroeder has a solid pull-up jumper that forces teams to defend him on pick and rolls. He's a very good catch and shoot jump shooter. He's a fair three-point shooter as well.

Defensively, Schroeder can do an excellent job as well. Not only is he 6'2" but he also has a wingspan of 6' 7 ¼" of which he takes full advantage of. He has excellent lateral quickness and can put intense pressure on the ball in the full-court. His biggest weakness is his slender frame but obviously at 19 years old he's still growing and can put more weight on once he's under the watch of NBA trainers.

There's a very good chance Schroeder is going to be selected in the first round. The problem for the Knicks is that he's such a hot prospect that he might elevate his stock enough to get picked in one of the top-20 slots. However, if the Knicks are lucky enough to have Schroeder fall to them at the 24th pick they should run up to the podium and make him a Knickerbocker. He's the exact combination of youth, athleticism and skill the Knicks have been missing since they selected Mark Jackson in 1987.

Tags: Basketball, Dennis Schroeder, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton

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