First in a series of profiles of potential Celtics draft choices.
We’re just over two weeks away from the 2013 NBA Draft. The Celtics hold pick No. 16, and they’ve got holes to fill at the backup point guard position and in the frontcourt. Trades and free agency could be major factors in shaping the roster, but the pick is crucial as well. The selected haven’t selected this early in the draft since 2007, when they selected and then traded Jeff Green with the No. 5 pick.
We’ll start the preview process with a point guard who’s been mentioned quite a bit in recent weeks.
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-2, 165 pounds
Last played: NY Phantoms Braunschweig, International (German)
2012 stats: 11.8 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.5 turnovers in 25 minutes
DraftExpress.com projection: No. 15 pick
Strengths: Quickness, ball handling, athleticism
Weaknesses: Experience, finishing at the rim, lack of strength
Skinny: The Celtics need a backup to Rajon Rondo. A wiry, athletic player with a long wingspan, Schroeder was suspended for one game by his German coach last season for insubordination. Remind you of anyone?
“I play like him a little bit,” Schroeder says about Rondo in the video below. “He’s got defense too, he’s got the long arms. After the pick-and-roll he finds the open guy. I think I play a little bit like him.”
Schroeder has entered the realm of potential lottery pick only recently. He’s a risk, but so was Rondo. He won’t be NBA-ready right away. If the Celtics picked Schroeder they’d be mortgaging the present for a high upside. Depending on how else the chips fall on the roster, they could be willing to do just that. There was a report that the Celtics had made a promise to Schroeder at No. 16, but the player and his agent have denied that.
What do you think of Schroeder? Does he remind you of Rondo? Watch some of his highlights and leave a comment below. Thanks much to Draft Express for the diligent work on the scouting report.