Dennis Schroder is having an incredible run with Germany at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Schroder led Germany to an unbeaten record in the group stage.
His numbers had him ranked as one of the top 10 best players in the World Cup according to HoopsHype’s global rating:
The 30 best players in the World Cup according to @hoopshype global rating:
1. Luka Doncic: 50.0
2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 37.08
3. Nikola Jovic: 30.75 pic.twitter.com/DkrDFnj4wg
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Germany’s latest 100-71 victory came against Luka Doncic and Slovenia.
Doncic put up 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists and Schroder topped him with 24 points on 8-11 shooting and 10 assists:
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Schroder has been one of the best players in this tournament. He has averaged 19.8 points and 6.8 assists per game. His production is getting Raptors fans excited for what he can do for the 2023-24 season.
He’s a dynamic player who can use his speed to blow by defenders and either get his own offense or set up his teammates. We’ve seen him score at a high level in the paint, but he’s also shown excellent passing ability.
On defense, Schroder can hold his own as well. He can get around screens and his length causes trouble for other guards.
Schroder has Germany in the quarterfinals where they will play Latvia. The winner will take on the USA in the semifinals.
Schroder’s potential impact with the Raptors
The Raptors are hoping Dennis Schroder comes in as Fred VanVleet’s replacement and exceeds all expectations.
If Schroder can translate his game from the FIBA World Cup to his first season with the Raptors, then Toronto will have the steal of the NBA Offseason since they signed him to a reasonable two-year $26M deal.
Whether Schroder starts or comes from off the bench, he will inject some much needed life into the Raptors offense which struggled last season.
Schroder’s best year as a scorer came in 2019-20 with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 18.9 points per game on a career-high 38.5 percent from three in just over 30 minutes.
If Schroder can duplicate that production this season, then the Raptors will look smart for letting Fred VanVleet join the Houston Rockets.
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