Since the Houston Rockets took Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker with the 18th pick of the 2015 NBA draft, Rockets fans haven’t seen much of him on the court. Due to a back injury, Dekker was sidelined during the Rockets summer league play. With training camp set to begin next week, Dekker has been medically cleared to start camp on time.
Rockets F Sam Dekker cleared by doctors recently to start training camp on time. Dekker missed summer league due to back pain.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) September 21, 2015
During his last season with Wisconsin, Dekker averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds, on 53% shooting, and was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media. Although Dekker had a solid regular season, it wasn’t until the NCAA tournament that he really took off.
Alongside Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky, Dekker led Wisconsin to the tournament’s championship game where they fell short to the Duke Blue Devils. During Wisconsin’s tournament run Dekker played his best basketball, which included a game against Arizona where Dekker scored 27 points and hit 5 threes.
At 6’8″ and 219 pounds, Dekker is often compared to Chandler Parsons as a player who can do a little bit of everything without being a master of a particular area. Though Dekker is unlikely to have the same impact Chandler Parsons had in his rookie season, the Rockets are hopeful that his game will translate smoothly into their system.
Often cited as streaky, the Rockets believe that Dekker will be a better fit in Houston than he was in Wisconsin. Playing at a faster tempo, and being counted on to shoot spot up threes, Dekker will be more comfortable than he was when playing in Wisconsin’s slow, methodical offense.
Having missed summer league action, it is the perfect time for Dekker to be cleared to play. He’ll have an opportunity to play with Rockets stars, while competing for a spot in the rotation. Hopefully, as many Rockets draft picks seem to do, Dekker will exceed his expectations.
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