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3 reasons why Dennis Schroder will be a contender for NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors this season

Boston Celtics Media Day featuring Dennis Schroder.
Boston Celtics Media Day featuring Dennis Schroder.
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Dennis Schroder signed for the Boston Celtics after declining a five-year $84-million deal to once again play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

For a one-year mid-level exception (MLE) of $5.9 million, the Celtics could have in their hands a difference-maker who will be very valuable in the loaded Eastern Conference playoff race. With Kemba Walker now playing for the New York Knicks, the former Laker will get every opportunity to be a significant part of the Cs rotation.

New head coach Ime Udoka recently revealed that he wants to put the ball in Marcus Smart's hands more often in the new season. Smart is now penciled in to be the starting quarterback, which would allow Schroder to return to his old role as sub-extraordinaire. He finished a close second to Montrezl Harrell for the 2010 6th Man of the Year Award.

Thunder fans when Montrezl Harrell was named the NBA 2019-20 6th Man of the Year over Dennis Schroder https://t.co/gcIbUTLxJH

It will be interesting to see how Schroder plays coming off the bench after saying that starting at point was the next step in his career. If he embraces the opportunity, he can finally and officially claim Sixth Man of the Year recognition.


Dennis Schroder is set to reprise the super-sub role with the Boston Celtics

Dennis Schroder keeps a close eye on Chris Paul during last year's playoff between the LA Lakers and the Phoenix Suns
Dennis Schroder keeps a close eye on Chris Paul during last year's playoff between the LA Lakers and the Phoenix Suns

Marcus Smart quarterbacking the Boston Celtics this season could be set in stone already. Based on the evidence, there is no reason why Schroder can't flourish playing the part of the first player off the bench for the Celtics. Here are the reasons why:

#3 Dennis Schroder is versatile

Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis talking tactics after a time out.
Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis talking tactics after a time out.

In his eight years in the league, Dennis Schroder has demonstrated his adaptability and willingness to play in different ways. Last year, he was the designated starting point guard and often the shooting guard of the LA Lakers.

Whether the Celtics want to go with…Marcus Smart and Josh Richardson starting and have Dennis Schroder return to his role as an elite sixth manORHave Schroder and Smart start and being Richardson off the bench…Their backcourt rotation is SO good and versatile twitter.com/Tony04219/stat…

Schroder's versatility was most evident during his time with the OKC Thunder when he played alongside two other ball handlers, Chris Paul and Shai Gilgous-Alexander. The Thunder outscored the opposition by 268 points in the minutes that the trio was on the floor together.

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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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