Exclusive: Hawks rookie sees London game as big opportunity

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Atlanta Hawks’ rookie Dennis Schroeder is hoping the NBA Global Game in London will give him a chance to show what he can do.

Speaking to GiveMeSport ahead of Thursday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at the o2 Arena, the German international discussed the season so far:

“The beginning of the season I played a lot, and that was a great experience.”

Despite seeing action in nine of the first eleven games, Schroeder has since seen his opportunities limited as he continues to adjust to the NBA after arriving from the Euro league in the off-season. 

Indeed the German has played 181 minutes in total in 15 games so far this season. An average of 12 minutes of play per game.

In the first four games of the season, Mike Budenholzer, himself in his rookie year in the head coach role at Atlanta, put his faith in Schroeder. The former Phantoms Braunschweig player averaged 20 minutes per game early on.

But the point guard, who has never started for the Hawks, has not played since the Hawks’ New Years Eve 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics.

Since spending six minutes on the court at the TD Bank Garden, Schroeder has watched on from the sidelines.

And with Jeff Teague playing like a potential All-Star at point guard for the Hawks at present, Schroeder accepts that, in his rookie season in the NBA, he has to try and learn as much as possible.

But he is firmly aware of what he has to do to get back in the team:

“When I work hard everyday I think I get my chance back and play.”

And he described the Hawks-Nets mid-season overseas match up as “a great opportunity for me.”

He also discussed the benefits of the extended trip to London for the franchise as a whole:

“It is a great experience for our team”, he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

“I mean it is bringing everybody together I think.”

With the players having been in London since Monday it is certainly a prolonged period of time for a team to spend in one place in the modern NBA era.

The Hawks (20-18) currently sit second in the Eastern conference and they will be hoping their experiences leading up to, and during, the NBA Global Game can give them a boost for the remainder of the season.

As will Schroeder.

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