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Wednesday Summer League Notes: Hawks may have something in Schroder

Jul 18, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Summer League entered the Tournament phase on Wednesday, which really didn’t feel any different yet than the rest of Summer League. Here is some stuff from my notebook…

• Atlanta may have a steal getting German point guard Dennis Schroder at No. 17.

He is 19 and the reports about his length and defense are spot on — you can see why some scouts said he had a Rajon Rondo style game. He defends well already. He has really quick feet that stay in front of the guy with the ball, he keeps his hips square and the long arms let him contest even if he gets beat a little. He’s a very aggressive defender.

“Schroeder has great athleticism,” said Portland’s C.J. McCollum, who was matched up with him Wednesday. “He’s very fast and quick, heady player, smart, good wingspan.”

On offense, he has a great feel for the game and handles that can get him into the paint. When he does drive he almost always dishes out (he is certainly pass first). He did draw fouls and get to the line eight times. His jumper could use a little work, he was 3-of-10 outside the paint and that has ben the norm from the outside (he was 0-of-4 last game, 1-of-5 the game before that).

But you can see him getting 15 minutes a night behind Jeff Teague — Schroder is 19 and he is going to improve. This could be a great pick for Danny Ferry.

• The best battle of the day was Atlanta’s Schroder matched up on Portland’s McCollum — two quick point guards making a mark here in Las Vegas.

McCollum (the No. 10 pick out of Lehigh) has had a good if up and down Summer League so far. Thursday was an up where he had 13 points and 4-of-7 shooting, he set up teammates and he dealt with Schroder’s defensive pressure well.

“I’ve been playing okay,” McCallom said when asked to reflect on his play. “For rookie standards I guess it’s decent. I got to shoot the ball a little bit better and take care of the ball more. This was my fourth game since January so I’m getting back into things, getting a rhythm and choosing when to pick my spots, when to be aggressive and when to sit back and let other guys take over.”

Jordan Hamilton, who had a limited role on a deep Denver team last season, looked like a guy who wants more time — he owned the opening quarter and dropped 27 on the Pelicans Wednesday. He can finish inside, he knocked down 4-of-7 from three and he grabbed a few boards. There are minutes to be taken on that shaken up Nuggets roster and Hamilton made a little case at Summer League.

• Memphis hasn’t really done anything interesting with their roster this summer (they needed shooters, they didn’t get one). Which means Jerryd Bayless is still backing up Mike Conley. Point guard Tony Wroten put up 23 points to lead Memphis to a win Wednesday and is trying to make his case for a spot. Not sure it’s working (8-of-18 shooting to get those points, 2-of-7 from three). Wroten’s game has matured over the last couple years, but I’m not sure he’s a fit in Memphis.

Otto Porter was held out of the Wizards game Wednesday with a tight right hamstring. He had a rough Summer League adjusting to the freelancing style of play and the multiple positions the Wizards tried him out at. Porter shot 30 percent in Summer League and missed all of his threes.

• Much like Porter, the pickup feel of Summer League games just does not suit Evan Fournier’s style of play. He looks okay, but some guys don’t thrive in this environment like they do a more structured game.

• I swear I saw Luke Harangody dribble the ball up the wing on the break, cut to the paint, put on a spin move and score over two Pelicans bigs. If I try to tell that story to people someday they will look at me like I’m Baron Davis talking aliens.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    I tried to tell you bout that boy! To bad they matched Teague. I was really feeling him for darkhorse ROY. He won’t get it now backing up Jeff. I think there was one other guy that felt the same way. All he’d post is…


    Where you at my man!?

  2. Sports King of this world - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    If he is a steal. Then Teague is on his way out. Can’t really tell what’s going to happen now. We have good depth I think

  3. buffalo65 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Why no story on Wiggins announcing he’d like to be a Raptor? All you Americans just want to pretend you didn’t hear?

    • bucrightoff - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Hometown kid wants to play for hometown team? Does that need a story?

    • spursareold - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Because it doesn’t matter unless TOR gets the #1 pick. He’ll likely be drafted #1, whatever team that is, unless he falls off a cliff this year like Shabazz.

  4. atlfan31833 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Danny Ferry for GM of the year!

  5. jadaruler - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I think German Rondo is with the right team. He will get time to develop and could be a steal for the Hawks.

    The Nuggets are the enigma of the West. So much turnover, yet so much talent still remains. I think Evan, Jordan, and the other young guns can step up.

  6. mannyicey - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Two things:

    1. Schroeder looks good in Summer League is good news. But you still cannot give the reigns to the kid as a rookie. You had to go get Teague and let the kid get his feet wet in the league, first. The kid may be the future, but the future is the future. Plus, he needs to develop that J before he’s NBA starter-ready.

    2. Congrats to the Toronto Raptors! Someone actually WANTS to play for you! That’s really special and I am really excited for you! And if I haven’t said it before: Welcome to the NBA!

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