Dennis Schroder
Dennis Schroder
26-Year-Old GuardG
Oklahoma City Thunder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Schroder played an important role for Oklahoma City's second unit in his first season with the team in 2018-19. The former Atlanta Hawk averaged 15.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 threes in 29.3 minutes and finished the season as a serviceable fantasy option because of his multi-category contributions. The Thunder made significant changes to the roster this offseason, trading Russell Westbrook and Paul George, and the team looks to be in full rebuild mode. Oklahoma City acquired Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who are essentially locks to be the starters in the backcourt, leaving Schroder likely to fill a similar sixth-man role as he had last season. Heavy minutes can be expected, and with a limited array of playmakers on the roster, an increase in usage and scoring isn't an unreasonable expectation. Schroder is a solid pickup in the later rounds of standard drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension with the Hawks in October of 2016. Traded to the Thunder in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Schroder was born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1994. His late father was German and his mother is Gambian. Schroder has two brothers and two sisters. As a youngster, Schroder played soccer and skateboarded before switching to basketball at age 11. Before the NBA, Schroder played three seasons at various levels of the German Basketball League. He declared for the 2013 NBA Draft a few months before his 20th birthday. Sometimes known as Dennis "The Menace", his favorite food is chicken alfredo. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@DennisMike93).

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Before his days in the NBA, Schroder played three seasons of professional basketball in Germany. He started in 2010, playing for SG Braunshweig, the second-tier farm team for Phantoms Braunschweig. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.1 assists per game as a 17-year-old. In his second season, he provided a major boost in production. Schroder averaged 17.8 points and 6.7 assists, earning the trust of the parent club. That same 2011-12 season, he also played 30 games for Phantoms Braunschweig, which he'd go on to play exclusively for in 2012-13. Over 32 contests, he averaged 12 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds over 25 minutes of run. Schroder earned the German League's Most Improved Player and Best Young German Player awards at season's end.

Scores 27 in win
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 9, 2020
Schroder tallied 27 points (10-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-7 FT), six assists, two rebounds and two steals in Sunday's win over the Celtics.
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Schroder remained on the bench with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out, but he stepped up in a big way, taking a team-high 21 shots and combining with Chris Paul to score 55 points. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate is averaging 17.4 points and 4.2 assists in nine games since the break.
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After being traded to Oklahoma City in the summer of 2018, Schroder began the 2018-19 season set to take on a new role with a new team. He spent most of the campaign as the sixth man for the Thunder, playing 79 games in total and starting on 14 occasions. Although Schroder had been a starter in Atlanta the prior season, he made the most of playing behind and alongside Russell Westbrook. He found a way to fit in seamlessly, putting up 15.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. Schroder topped 20 points 21 times during the season, including two games in which he topped 30. He dropped a season-high 32 points twice during the season, once in November and again in the final game of the regular season. He also displayed his skills as a passer, tallying double-digit assists twice during the season. Despite playing less minutes compared to the 2017-18 campaign, Schroder managed to increase his rebounding numbers and show that he can impact the game in multiple ways. In the 2019 playoffs, Schroder played an average of 30.1 minutes per game. Although Oklahoma City was eliminated in the first round, Schroder averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds in the five-game series.

2017

Schroder continued to stake his claim as one of the league's top scoring point guards in his second full season as a starter during the 2017-18 campaign. Though his season ended early after he suffered a left ankle sprain in late March, Schroder played in 67 games and logged 31.0 minutes per contest. He set a career high by averaging 19.4 points per game, ranking fifth in the league among point guards. Schroder's scoring output was accompanied by the second-best shooting percentages of his career from the field (43.6 FG%) and at the free throw line (84.9%). The former first-round pick also posted per-game averages of 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds while maintaining the best assist-to-turnover ratio of his career (2.3). In addition, the 6'1" guard established his career-high in steals, averaging 1.1 thefts per game. Schroder notched five double-doubles during the campaign, including a 13-point performance against the Pelicans on Jan. 17 in which he tied his career-high with 15 assists. He surpassed the 40-point mark for the first time in a win over Utah on March 20, racking up 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting from the field. In another outstanding performance, Schroder poured in 33 points and drilled four three-pointers to lead Atlanta to a 112-107 victory over Dallas on Dec. 23. He was particularly effective on his home court, averaging 20.0 points and 6.6 assists while posting a 46.0 FG% in 36 games.

2016

Schroder signed a four-year extension with the Hawks before the season. The German was named starter after Jeff Teague was traded to the Pacers. He appeared in 79 games, starting all but one. The guard averaged 17.9 points and 3.1 rebounds to go with a career-high 6.3 assists in 31.5 minutes of run. He also improved to 45.1 percent on field goals and 34.0 percent on three-pointers. Schroder's best performance came Dec. 19, when he posted a season-high 33 points (10-of-16 FG), five rebounds and eight assists in 39 minutes in a road win over the Thunder. 14 of the 33 points came in the fourth quarter. On Jan. 29, he dished 15 assists in 54 minutes during a 4OT win against the Knicks -- both of which were career highs. The Hawks advanced to the playoffs with a 43-39 record but lost to Wizards in six games in Round 1. The 6-foot-1, 172-pounder had a great Game 5, registering 29 points, hitting 5-of-6 three-pointers and contributing 11 assists. All told, Schroder averaged 24.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 42.5 percent from three-point range over 35.2 minutes during six postseason appearances.

2015

Schroder again served as Jeff Teague's primary backup during the 2015-16 NBA season. The German played 80 games and started six for the Hawks. He averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists over 20.3 minutes. The point guard also shot 42.1 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from downtown. His best performance came Feb. 20, when he posted 25 points (10-of-19 FG), eight rebounds and 10 assists in 40:24 off the bench against the Bucks. Schroder notched two double-doubles and dished 10-plus assists three times. The guard logged 15-plus points 21 times during the season. The Hawks finished with a 48-34 record and the Eastern Conference's fourth seed. They beat the Celtics in Round 1 before getting swept by Cleveland in Round 2. The German's best postseason appearance came in Game 1 against the Cavs (27 points and six assists in 28 minutes). Schroder averaged 11.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 19.1 minutes during the playoffs.

2014

Schroder played 77 games behind Jeff Teague as the Hawks' backup point guard in his sophomore season, starting 10 of them. The German averaged 10.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 19.7 minutes. He shot 42.7 percent from the field and a career-high 35.1 percent from three-point range. On Nov. 8, Schroder registered a career-best five steals in a win over the Knicks. He was also named to the Rising Stars Challenge at the 2015 All-Star Weekend, posting a game-high nine assists to go with 13 points for Team World. His best performance of the campaign came March 15, when he recorded 24 points, three rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes as a starter in a win over the Lakers. Schroder notched five double-doubles during the season. The Hawks finished as the Eastern Conference's top seed thanks to a 60-22 record. They defeated the Nets (4-2) and the Wizards (4-2) before falling to the Cavaliers (0-4) in Round 3. Schroder played all 16 postseason games and averaged 9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists over 18.1 minutes of run.

2013

Schroder was selected by the Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He worked as Jeff Teague's primary backup early in the season but later split time with Shelvin Mack. The German played 49 games, all off the bench, and he was also assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League. Schroder averaged 3.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 13.1 minutes with Atlanta. His debut came Oct. 30, when he recorded five points, four rebounds and five assists over 18 minutes against the Mavericks. The guard's best performance featured 10 points, three rebounds and four assists against the Lakers on Nov. 3. Two days later, Schroder dished seven assists to go with six points and no turnovers, against Sacramento. During six games in the D-League, Schroder averaged 7.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists over 34.0 minutes for the Jam. The Hawks finished the season with a 38-44 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Indiana Pacers (3-4). Schroder appeared twice in the series, with his most notable effort coming in a five-point, two-rebound showing in Game 2.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 10, 2013
    Signed a rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • October 26, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • July 25, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Hawks traded Mike Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Thunder traded Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 1st round draft pick to the Hawks; the 76ers traded Justin Anderson to the Hawks; and the 76ers traded Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Thunder.
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After Schroder expressed his disinterest in being a part of a rebuilding effort, the Hawks began shopping him, eventually finding a suitor in Oklahoma City. Schroder was the focal point of the Atlanta’s offense last season, leading the team in scoring (19.4 PPG) and dishing 6.2 assists across 31.0 minutes per game. He struggled with efficiency, shooting just 43.6 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from distance. However, that could be chalked up to his overall workload, as he saw the highest usage rate of his career (30.4 percent) and shot a combined 33.6 percent from three over the previous three campaigns when he wasn't relied upon as heavily. If that’s the case, we might see Schroder improve his shooting during his first year on a new team, as he'll presumably come off the bench and see sixth-man minutes behind starter Russell Westbrook. Still, Schroder’s overall production will undoubtedly decline. In the 22 instances he saw between 20 and 29 minutes last season, the point guard averaged 16.2 points and 4.5 assists, possibly indicative of the kind of numbers we'll see from him in 2018-19.
After earning the organization's trust over the first three years of his rookie deal, Schroder finally got his opportunity to take over as the Hawks' starting point guard, as Jeff Teague was traded to the Pacers prior to the 2016-17 season. Schroder certainly didn't disappoint, becoming the Hawks second option offensively behind superstar Paul Millsap, averaging 17.9 points across 79 games. That marked a new career high and was drastically up from the 11.0 he averaged a year prior in a reserve capacity. He also posted career numbers with 3.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 three-pointers over 31.5 minutes, though the increased production wasn't a huge surprise considering the move to a full starter's workload. Still, Schroder was comfortable as both a scorer and a distributor and was also solid from deep, shooting 34 percent from the three-point line. Looking forward to the 2017-18 campaign, Schroder has a much bigger task ahead of him. The Hawks lost three of their top four scorers (with Schroder being the fourth), as Millsap, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dwight Howard are now sporting different uniforms. The Hawks also didn't do much in free agency to alleviate the offensive drop-off, meaning Schroder is likely going to have to carry the load. Schroder's scoring average has the chance to see a decent increase once again, as he'll be looking for his shot even more now that he's the top returning offensive threat. That said, with a serious drop in talent around him, Schroder's assists could take a slight dip if guys aren't hitting shots. Schroder's going to get as many minutes as he can handle and will be entering the first year of a four-year, $70 million contract, meaning he's now the unquestioned leader of the rebuilding Hawks and should be on the rise as a Fantasy player.
During his third NBA season, Schroder once again slotted in on the Hawks' second unit behind Jeff Teague and proved to be one of the more accomplished backup point guards in the league. While the Hawks would have loved to hand Schroder more than the 20.3 minutes per game he received, his lack of success playing off the ball alongside Teague limited the flexibility of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation. Fortunately for Schroder, it appears the Hawks are now ready to commit to him in a full-time starting role, as Teague was dealt to the Pacers in June as part of a three-team trade. Veteran Jarrett Jack was signed in the offseason to provide some stability behind Schroder in the event he endures some growing pains in the transition to starting duties, but there's little reason to believe the 23-year-old won't rise to the occasion. Per 36 minutes last season, Schroder turned in averages of 19.5 points, 7.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.6 steals, numbers that would put him in the upper tier of fantasy point guards. He probably can't count on quite that much playing time night in and night out, but Schroder could nonetheless be in line for a significant upgrade in fantasy value that's perhaps comparable with the prominence Reggie Jackson gained after his move from the Thunder to the Pistons in February 2015. In order for the German-born point guard to take his game to greater heights, however, he'll need to show a more reliable jumper, but even with that shortcoming, his ceiling remains quite high. If he thrives to the extent the Hawks believe he can, Schroder, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, could be looking at a huge payday next summer.
In his sophomore season, Schroder posted 10.0 points on 8.6 field goal attempts, 2.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 20 minutes per game through 77 regular season games. Schroder shot 43 percent from the field, 35 percent from deep, and 83 percent from the free-throw line, improving his form and gaining confidence as the season went on. However, during 16 postseason games, his averages slipped to 9.0 points on 9.1 field goal attempts, 1.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 0.6 steals in 18 minutes per game on 39 percent from the field, 24 percent from beyond the arc, and 86 percent from the charity stripe. The "German Rondo" turns 22 in September, and he has been training with the German National Team this summer in preparation for EuroBasket. If Jeff Teague were to get hurt at any point, Schroder showed in 2014-15 that he's capable of getting it done, with averages of 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 0.7 steals in 29 minutes per game during 10 games as a starter. Schroder is under team control through 2016-17.
The 17th-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, German point guard Dennis Schroeder has shown flashes of real talent in his NBA career to date, but he's still just 20 years old and very much a project at this point. In a perfect world for ex-Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, Schroeder would develop into a Tony Parker-style drive-and-dish point guard, who's best off breaking down opposing defenses with his dribble and quickness and setting up teammates for easy baskets. While he's shown flashes of that potential, especially in summer league play, Schroeder has been far too turnover-prone to this point. He averaged 3.4 turnovers per 36 minutes as a rookie and an ugly 4.5 turnovers through six games in Vegas this summer. Right now, it seems Schroeder will spend much of the season as Atlanta's third point guard, well behind starter Jeff Teague and backup Shelvin Mack on the depth chart.
Schroder is a wild card, a true sleeper entering 2013. He may continue his brilliant play from the Las Vegas Summer League and parlay that into considerable playing time, or he may fizzle under the pressure of playing in the NBA at 20. If any of his highlights from the offseason are any indication, Hawks fans could be in for a treat. Small, but electric, Schroder is a penetrator and more of a playmaker than incumbent Jeff Teague, who is a natural scorer. The injury to Louis Williams may be just the opportunity the rookie needs to make an impact early. If he does, do not expect him to be relegated to the bench once Williams returns.
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Drops 23 points, nine dimes
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 4, 2020
Schroder amassed 23 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), nine assists, one rebound and one block in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 win over the Pistons.
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Scores 24 against Clippers
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 3, 2020
Schroder supplied 24 points (9-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and two rebounds in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
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Scores 21 in win
GOklahoma City Thunder
February 26, 2020
Schroder registered 21 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five assists, two rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Bulls.
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Moves past ankle issue
GOklahoma City Thunder
February 24, 2020
Schroder (ankle) logged 13 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists and three rebounds across 29 minutes Sunday in the Thunder's 131-103 win over the Spurs.
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Avoids injury report
GOklahoma City Thunder
February 22, 2020
Schroder (ankle) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Spurs.
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