2. Dennis Schroder is a fantastic style fit on the Los Angeles Lakers
Sometimes, more than just overall talent is decisive in how much a player will get from his respective team. For example, and sorry to bring up the Clippers again, Luke Kennard signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the team because of his efficient three-point stroke.
Kennard is not a better all-around player than someone such as, say, Montrezl Harrell, but he offers the Clippers a great three-point shooter off the bench. Schroder might not be a three-point specialist, but stylistically, he is exactly what this team needs.
We have been harping about the Lakers needing that second ball-handler and initiator behind LeBron James for quite some time. Rajon Rondo fit in that role last season, but he was disappointing in the regular season, which made all of us skeptical if playoff Rondo would actually show up.
Spoiler alert: he did.
Schroder is much more dynamic than Rondo as well. He might not be the same naturally-gifted passer and facilitator that Rondo is, but he can still initiate the offense and we have seen that already in just two games.
Schroder is a much better shooter than Rondo and can create his own offense as well. Even better, Schroder is a solid perimeter defender who maximizes his athleticism to be a true positive on the defensive end.
He is exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers need. He is someone who can create offense for himself and others while being a tangible off-ball option as well. Schroder is a fantastic option that can help pick up some of the slack that LeBron James may leave behind in the regular season as he keeps his body fresh.
The style fit is wonderful and is one worth paying for, especially when Schroder is the only real player up for grabs with that money, anyway.