One of the biggest revelations of the season for the Atlanta Hawks has been the play of second-year guard Dennis Schröder. He has built trust within the coaching staff and recently guided the Hawks to a three-game winning streak in the absence of starter Jeff Teague.
Grantland's Charles Bethea recently caught up with Schröder for a Q&A session and discussed a variety of topics including his love of skateboarding, mayonnaise and the origin of his blonde streak.
Schröder also talked about the Hawks and his place with the team, his confidence and how he has changed the way he prepares himself.
"I know how the NBA works now. How to train. I also understand defenses very well. Last year, I think, I was kinda just: go out there and play. Now I understand from Coach Bud and training camp what to actually do. I'm listening better."
There was no doubt some growing pains with Schröder and the Hawks last season. In addition to losing his job as backup point guard, there were instances where he would be put into the game and immediately yanked out by Budenholzer. It was a situation where the coaching staff was looking for more focus from the young point guard.
Schröder told Bethea that he was watched a lot of film of Spurs point guard Tony Parker and has tried to emulate his style.
"I've watched a lot of film. Watched Tony Parker, especially - how he uses his speed and his ability to go the basket. Every time I watch the film, afterward I try to do the same thing."
Schroöder has made the most of his opportunity and is deserving of the trust that has been given to him by Budenholzer and the coaching staff. The entire interview is a great read so be sure to click through and check it out.