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What Should Celtics Fans Expect From Dennis Schroder?

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In Brad Stevens’ first off-season as the general manager for the Boston Celtics, he made a flurry of acquisitions and trades, including signing Dennis Schroder to a one-year, $5.9 million fully guaranteed deal.

Boston took advantage of Schroder’s lack of interest in the offseason, perhaps making the best value-signing in all of free agency. The veteran point guard will make his season debut for the C’s during the season opener on October 20th against the New York Knicks.

Career Summary

Schroder was drafted 17th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and would go on to play his first five seasons in the league with the franchise. Over that span, he averaged 12.9 points and 4.8 assists on 47% shooting from the floor. His best statistical season of his career came in 2018, when he averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists per game.

Schroder has since bounced around to several different teams. In his first of two seasons with the Thunder, Schroder became a great third option to Russell Westbrook and Paul George, and then to Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeuos-Alexander the following season. From there he joined the Lakers for one season, continuing to score the ball at an elite level.

This offseason, Schroder infamously turned down an alleged four-year, $84 million contract extension with the Lakers and signed with the Boston Celtics for a one-year deal worth $5.9 million. That said, the Celtics may have found the biggest steal in free agency, picking up a veteran point guard who is worth more than what they gave.

How Will Schroder Contribute to the Celtics Roster This season?

With Kemba Walker now in New York as a member of the Knicks, the Celtics need Schroder to replace most of his 19.3 points per game last season. While that is unreasonable for Schroder to accomplish, he likely won’t need to score that much. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are set to elevate their games from last season and the Celtics other new additions of Al Horford and Josh Richardson.

While he could potentially creep into the starting lineup based on matchups, Schroder will likely come off the bench for Boston and take on a role he never had to in his NBA career: the main scoring option on the bench unit.

With tons of playmakers around him, Schroder will also need to dish out assists this season, something that could take some getting used to.

This is an important season for Schroder to show he is still worthy of a big contract next year. That said, he couldn’t be in a better situation than with the Celtics as he will be one of the main options for a championship contending team.

I expect him to be utilized similarly to how the Utah Jazz used Jordan Clarkson last season – the top option off the bench who frequently plays with the starters near the end of games.

Celtics fans should be excited for what Schroder will bring to the team this year, although it may take some time to get used to a number 71 running around the court.


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