The Toronto Raptors took a big risk when they signed Dennis Schroder to a two-year contract after the loss of Fred VanVleet, as Schroder has bounced around the league in the last few years. Could he be the rock this team needs to help boost the offense under Darko Rajakovic?
If his performance with the German national team in the 2023 FIBA World Cup is anything to go off, the Raptors won’t have a thing to worry about. Schroder has been Germany’s best player while leading them to an unblemished record in group stage play.
Not only has Schroder been the straw that has stirred the German drink in this series of games, but he’s been so effective and conducive to winning that his numbers are as good as any player outside of Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Raptors fans have to be thrilled with their prized asset performing so well in the spotlight.
According to HoopsHype’s global rating stat, which takes into account a player’s numerical counting stats and impact when they are on the court, Schroder ranks eighth among all World Cup players and sixth among current NBA players. Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, and RJ Barrett all rank below Schroder.
Toronto Raptors PG Dennis Schroder is dominating the FIBA World Cup.
Schroder’s Germany has not had a very easy FIBA time despite their unblemished record, as Franz Wagner has missed time due to an ankle injury. Schroder has stepped up in his absence, taking control on the offensive end and showing off his incredible finishing at the rim.
Schroder averaged 19.7 points per game on 47% shooting and 32% from 3-point range in convincing group stage wins against Japan and Finland and a nail-biter victory against Australia. If a couple more of those jumpers start to fall, Schroder could jump up the rankings.
Schroder will be asked to use his electric style of offensive basketball to supercharge the Raptors’ much-maligned half-court offense. The fact he’s been scoring in the international game (which isn’t as spaced out as the NBA) without tons of NBA talent around him shows what he can do at his best.
Schroder may not have the ceiling that VanVleet has, but his consistency and veteran tenacity have helped make him one of the more underrated point guards of the last half-decade. His time with Germany has helped him gain momentum and confidence before he joins Toronto.