What Changes for Lakers with Dennis Schroder Back on Floor?

Published 02/28/2021, 11:00 PM EST
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is sandwiched between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are such a potent force that a few losses do not bother them much. But things had begun to bother them when they lost four games in a row with no Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder in their playing roster.

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In the absence of these two names, coach Frank Vogel tried different combinations and promoted Markieff Morris, Wesley Matthews, and even Talen Horton-Tucker to the starting five, but nothing worked. It all only fell in place when Dennis Schroder came back and they won against the Blazers and the Warriors. So how important is Dennis to them?

Dennis Schroder and his many qualities

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Dennis the Menace is elite at his ball-handling and goes a long way at becoming the support system for LeBron James. He is a kind of filler for the void that Rajon Rondo left when he parted ways from the Lakers. Dennis can start every game for his side and can also take the role of a bench leader whenever need be. It is his back-court finesse that makes him an even more important piece for coach Vogel’s Chessboard. In all aspects, he is the next man after AD who can complement LeBron’s game and the world saw that in their blowout victory over GSW where Dennis scored 12 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebs.
In the 2020-21 season so far, he has averaged 14.5 points in the 30 games that he has played. For sure, the stats suggest that he is averaging his lowest in the last five seasons with a declining 3P%, but one must also consider that he is playing alongside the names like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. So this is not the Atlanta Hawks where he is the go-to scorer for the team, and hence those numbers do not reflect the impact he is making on the roster.

Why do the Lakers see a future with him?

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Lakers guard Dennis Schroder and Nuggets’ Jamal Murray dive for a loose ball during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Schroder is just 27-YO and so is Anthony Davis, which makes the two the future of the Lakers when LeBron James leaves the floor for good. This is an assumption, given Dennis extends his contract with the defending champions and stays loyal for very long. 

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He brings a lot on the floor, even in terms of leadership because he has the capability to inspire the bench and bring out the best in them. When it comes to leading by doing, he shows his potential by staying creative around the rim. He can play off the ball, he is slippery off the dribble, good at creating space, and plays decent iso. All that, coupled with his accurate passes to AD and Bron, makes him a key figure in today’s champion squad. 
His only downside is the pick-and-roll where he has been struggling and also the playmaking that is still far from that of Playoff Rondo. But with time and experience, he can get those things in place and become a reliable figure.

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Are you a Schroder fan? Why or why not? Help us know in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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