May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dennis Schroeder is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Dennis Schroeder a potential OKC Thunder pick?


Reggie Jackson was about the most impressive thing for the Oklahoma City Thunder this postseason. In Russell Westbrook’s absence, he emerged in the starting point guard role.

The Thunder appear to be set in the point guard position except for the fact that neither Westbrook or Jackson are true point guards and both are capable of playing off the ball as part of smaller lineups.

There’s also the chance that Jackson could play his way into a larger contract in the next few seasons making him tough for the Thunder to hang on to.

With the 2013 NBA Draft approaching, there is one international point guard that may be an option for the Thunder.

Dennis Schroeder of Germany had his draft stock take off after the Nike Hoops Summit. Schroeder is 19 years old and stands 6-foot-2, 168 pounds, and has drawn comparisons to a Rajon Rondo type.

Here’s how John Rohde of The Oklahoman described Schroeder:

The 6-foot-2, 168-pound Schroeder currently is a score-first guard, but could easily transition to a set-up man thanks to an ability to blow by his defender and force opponents to help contain him, which would leave teammates open.

There was buzz that Schroeder received a guarantee from an NBA team that he would be selected in the first round if available. Those guarantees don’t mean a whole lot but it may show how highly NBA teams think of him.

The Thunder have the 12th and 29th overall picks in the first round and could take Schroeder with either really.

Many believe the Thunder will go with a big man in the lottery that will eventually replace Kendrick Perkins but if there aren’t any on the board that they love, an international project may be a direction OKC chooses to go.

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