Here’s how star-studded Dennis Schroder vs. Canada game can happen

OKINAWA, JAPAN - AUGUST 27: Dennis Schroder #17 of Germany (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - AUGUST 27: Dennis Schroder #17 of Germany (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images) /

It is not hyperbolic to say that the new Toronto Raptors point guard signing Dennis Schroder has been one of the best players in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. On a Germany team that injuries have hampered, Schroder has stepped up and led the team to an unblemished record.

Schroder, who is leading the team in points and assists per game, has led Germany to noncompetitive blowouts against teams like Slovenia and Finland. He’s also made clutch plays in nail-biting wins like an upset against Australia. Schroder and Germany moved to the semi-finals after beating Latvia 81-79 due to a Davis Bertans missed 3-pointer.

Germany will take on the heavily favored United States in the semi-finals, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a Canada squad that is hitting their stride at the right time will face off against Bogdan Bogdanovic and a very deep Serbia team.

Canada and Germany pulling off upsets in the semi-finals will lead to both of them locking horns for the gold medal. If both of them end up losing, they will still end up meeting in the third-place game, with the winner taking home the coveted bronze medal.

Will Toronto Raptors PG Dennis Schroder play against Canada?

Between Schroder performing well for Germany, former Raptors coaching candidate Jordi Fernandez proving his worth with a young Canadian side, and Gilgeous-Alexander proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Canada should be respected on an international stage, Canadian Raptors fans will be locked into this game.

Schroder has shown exactly why the Raptors didn’t even wait until the ink was dry on Fred VanVleet’s Houston Rockets contract to sign him. A leader who takes and makes big shots, Schroder has performed exceptionally well on a banged-up team.

Schroder might have a unique challenge on his hands when it comes to stopping SGA and the rest of a vicious Canadian offense, but the fact he outperformed Luka Doncic in their victory over Slovenia should give Germany confidence. No matter what happens in the semi-finals, Canadian Raptors fans could come out satisfied.

If Canada ends up medaling, the national team has proven they can be trusted as an irrefutably excellent squad. If Germany medals in this tournament, Schroder showed that he will make a fine addition to the Raptors’ rotation this season. It’s a true win-win scenario.