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Dennis Schroder: Keeper, trade chip or gone this off-season

 The Celtics owned the paint on offense in their 130-108 victory over the Lakers, and German import, Dennis Schroder, played a major role in that ownership. He and Marcus Smart, manning the backcourt for Boston, combined for 43 points on 63% from the field, 33% on 3s and 78% from the foul line.


The pair also collected 14 rebounds, six of which were off the offensive glass. Dennis and Marcus also shared assist honors with six apiece. At 6'3", they controlled much of what went on in the paint.

Schroder has been criticized for his penchant for turning he ball over, But frankly, where would the team be without him? He is the Celtics third-leading scorer at 17.3 PPG and is logging a career-high 33.0 minutes per game in Boston. 

Granted, he also turns the ball over more than any other Celtics (3.0 per game), but he is not much more turnover-prone than Jaylen Brown (2.9 TOs/game) and Jayson Tatum (2.7 TOs/game). He will never be a long-range marksman, but his ability to drive into the paint with his quick change-of-pace is something that has been scarce prior to his arrival, but his teammates seem to be catching on - as seen in last night's contest.

So what happens to this lightning-quick German guard? It is obvious this team needs what he supplies, and the only way I see him being traded prior to the deadline is if the Celtics' season goes south. Seeing that Dennis reportedly turned down a n $84 million/4-year deal with the Lakers, he will not settle for the $5.9 million contract he signed with Boston come free agency this summer. 

It is doubtful that The Green can afford what he will command for a salary if he continues to play at the level Celtics fans have seen. He is out to prove something this season, nd it appears he is doing just that.

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