Raptors’ Dennis Schroder helps Germany eviscerate China before FIBA World Cup

BERLIN, GERMANY - 2022/09/18: Dennis Schroder of Germany (Photo by Nicholas Muller/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - 2022/09/18: Dennis Schroder of Germany (Photo by Nicholas Muller/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

The FIBA World Cup hasn’t started just yet, but Toronto Raptors point guard Dennis Schroder appears to be fully locked and loaded as he prepares for one of the most important tournaments of his international career. Under his leadership, Germany appears ready to make some noise.

Despite the fact that Schroder has been nursing an injury that has made it difficult for him to play at 100 percent, he and Orlando Magic sensation Franz Wagner have played a huge part in making the Germans one of the more feared European teams out there in the leadup to the World Cup.

China found out just how good Schroder and Germany could be in their SuperCup exhibition matchup against the red-hot Mannschaft. Germany took home a dominant 107-58 victory that set up a rematch against Canada for the SuperCup crown.

While Wagner led the way with 20 points in this game, Schroder was right behind him with 17 points while dishing out seven assists and grabbing four steals to boot. Even though he has yet to suit up once for the Raptors, the performances he is stringing together for Germany should have Raptors fans extremely excited about what he is going to do under Darko Rajakovic.

Toronto Raptors’ Dennis Schroder helps Germany beat China.

Before this dominant performance, Schroder helped Germany take down Sweden with an unstoppable second-half surge before making a few clutch shots in a win against RJ Barrett and Canada. Schroder has been either the leading or second-leading scorer in all these games.

Schroder may not earn a starting role with the Raptors, but this is what a bench unit led by No. 17 might look like. The combination of effort, speed, and finishing he possesses has made him a high-end guard in the NBA for a decade and a threat on the international stage.

Germany’s first game will be against former Raptors wing Yuta Watanabe and his nation Japan. Schroder will follow that up with a tango against a surprisingly deep Australia team before locking horns with Lauri Markkanen and a Finland team bent on upsets.

Schroder has been one of the more impressive players in the pre-World Cup circuit of exhibitions, as even a quality rising star in the NBA like Wagner has often taken a back seat to him. Raptors fans have to like what they are seeing from a signing that many derided as inadequate.

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