Before the 2020 NBA Draft and the start of free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers were not going to settle down with the roster they had around LeBron James and Anthony Davis as GM Rob Pelinka is always looking for ways to better his team. He did just that by trading veteran guard Danny Green, who had his struggles at times last season, for an offensive-minded point guard in Dennis Schroder.
Last season, Dennis Schroder came off-the-bench for the OKC Thunder and finished second behind his new teammate, Montrezl Harrell, in the Sixth-Man of the Year voting. With the Thunder a season ago, Schroder averaged 18.9 points, 4.0 assists and shot a career high 38.5% from three-point range.
Not only has he turned himself into a great offensive player, but Dennis Schroder is ready to take the next step in his career and go back to being a starting point guard. On an introductory video conference call with reporters on November 30, Schroder stated: “I think I try to move forward, and I think with Anthony Davis and LeBron, I can be helpful as a starter in the PG position.”
While Dennis Schroder may seem himself as a starting point guard with his new team, the Lakers may look to bring Schroder off the bench because of the success LeBron James had at point guard last season. LeBron led the league in assists last year for the first time in his career and led Los Angeles to their first title in ten years.
Everything went according to plan last season for the Lakers, as they were the favorites to win the title from start to finish, and there is no need to stir things up, especially coming off of a championship run. However, Dennis Schroder is a proven point guard and could do more help than harm if the Lakers were to start him at point guard and move LeBron back to his normal position at small-forward.
Here is why the Los Angeles Lakers should start Dennis Schroder at point guard ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season.