It has been nearly two weeks since the Atlanta Hawks sent rookie point guard and 2013 1st-round pick Dennis Schröder to their D-League affiliate in Bakersfield, but according to one report, he’s on his way back to Atlanta.
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) December 16, 2013
Schröder showed flashes of what made him a high draft pick while in the “exile” of the D-League, putting up 17 points and 6.7 assists per game, but his trip to the West Coast was seemingly more about getting some more playing time. The German point guard played a ton, 34 minutes per night to be exact, and that should give him some valuable experience at this high level.
Coming into the year, it seemed as if Schröder was slated to be the #1 backup to potential all-star Jeff Teague at the point guard spot for the Hawks, but he struggled mightily at times when asked to captain the team’s new offense. He was quickly passed on the depth chart by Shelvin Mack, and when Lou Williams returned from an ACL tear, it was clear that Schröder was the odd man out in terms of playing time.
Despite that, you never want to see a team have to jettison a 1st-round pick that early, and it’s big for the Hawks to see him back in Atlanta.