The Lakers have officially acquired point guard Dennis Schröder from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for wing Danny Green (who was subsequently traded to the Philadelphia 76ers) and the 28th pick in the first round (Jaden McDaniels).
Schröder brings a skillset and dynamic play at the point guard position that hasn’t been seen since the likes of Nick Van Exel. In the following video, I detailed Schröder’s key skills, and how he will fit within the Lakers’ offense.
So there you have it, Schröder’s ability to attack a defense — on the bounce or on the catch, — in conjunction with his obvious comfort navigating the pick and roll, his speed and aggression in transition, and his shooting from the perimeter (if it holds, that’s a big if) give the Lakers a dynamic offensive weapon who can shoulder the playmaking burden for LeBron as needed. That last part will be especially huge in the early part of the season.
And when Schröder plays with James — who is a fan of the addition — he will also provide a secondary playmaker and attacker, along with potential floor spacer who can do damage off the dribble when defenses close out to him.
In short, Rob Pelinka has done it again. I’d expect nothing less at this point.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room.