Schroder to make D-League debut Friday

Hawks rookie guard Dennis Schroder will make his NBA Development League debut on Friday. Schroder, assigned to the D-League Wednesday, will play for the Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam in a home game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The teams will also play Saturday in Los Angeles. Schroder has already departed Atlanta.

Schroder has played sparingly since losing his backup point guard role to Shelvin Mack and with the return of Lou Williams. The 20-year-old had not played in seven of the past 10 games, including the final three, before his reassignment. In the three games he had played since Nov. 15, he totaled 37 minutes, 27 of which came in a blowout loss to the Rockets last week.

“A big part of development is playing,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Where the rotations are right now, his best chance of opportunity to get court time and development is going to play games and minutes in the D-League.”

Budenholzer said there was no timetable for Schroder to return. His assignment leaves the Hawks with 13 players on the roster.

Schroder, a first-round draft pick, averaged 3.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 13.9 minutes in 11 games.

Schroder will join guard Jared Cunningham with the Jam. Cunningham was assigned to the D-League in November. He has appeared in five games and averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 34.4 minutes.

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