The Los Angeles Lakers are getting their first practices of the 2020-21 season underway already, as their first preseason game is this Friday (!!!) against the Los Angeles Clippers. Frank Vogel has plenty of new players that he needs to get acclimated to his system, including Dennis Schröder and Montrezl Harrell. The two come into training camp as two players to watch for, especially on the offensive end where they will be able to give LeBron James a rest in terms of play creation, a role that LeBron takes the brunt of often.
Dennis Schröder talked to reporters on Monday, talking about the aspect of him and Montrezl Harrell together on the offense. He specifically saw some promise in the pick-and-roll that the two can run, calling its potential “really dangerous” (per Harrison Faigen/Silver Screen & Roll and Chris Geeter McGee of Spectrum SportsNet).
Schröder just told @geeter3 that the pick-and-roll between him and Montrezl Harrell could be "really dangerous."
— NBA INSIDER HARRISON FAIGEN (@hmfaigen) December 7, 2020
Last year, Montrezl Harrell won Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 18.6 points per game while only playing 27.8 minutes per game off the bench for the Clippers. A majority of the points he scored all season came way of the pick-and-roll with Lou Williams as the ball handler. Williams was able to win the previous two Sixth Man of the Year trophies before Harrell with the same pick-and-roll combination, as the two have had plenty of work with the play over the years where Harrell should be able to do it with anyone near Williams’ talent level.
Dennis Schröder is arguably better than Lou Williams, if not clearly better. Although the advanced statistics don’t necessarily show Schröder as a great ball-handler in pick-and-rolls, we’ve already discussed here at Lakers Outsiders how exciting these two may be with each other on the offensive end.
Maybe we’ll get our first look at the duo working together on Friday.