He has been hearing the comparisons to Rajon Rondo since he was a young teenager playing in Germany. The long arms, gangly frame, flashy style, and passing ability were present in Dennis Schroder, the way they were in Rondo eight years ago.
Schroder has made the leap from the German national team and European basketball to the NBA, and at age 20 has experienced the expected uneven road of a rookie with the Hawks. For a while early in the season, he was the primary backup to Jeff Tea gue. And then he was benched after a couple of poor games, replaced by former Brad Stevens pupil Shelvin Mack.