If you were hoping the Houston Rockets rookies were going to help the slumping team get out of their funk it won’t be at the hands of Sam Dekker. The small forward who played 3 years at Wisconsin is scheduled to undergo back surgery this coming Friday (November 20th) and will likely miss 3 months of service as per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Dekker who has struggled to stay on the floor missed all of the Summer League with a different assortment of injuries. He’s been unable to get a clean bill of health literally since being drafted.
While he did manage to log some time on the court during training camp and preseason he hasn’t exactly been lighting it up. He’s managed to log 6 minutes total in 3 games registering one rebound and one steal.
Houston Rockets rookie Sam Dekker will have back surgery on Friday, sources told ESPN. Likely to miss about three months.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 18, 2015
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Houston selected Dekker with their 18th pick and hoped he would provide a viable small forward back-up for Trevor Ariza and eventually blossom into a potential starter.
With this news his ascent into becoming a contributing pro will have to be put on hold and hopefully the projection of 3 months is accurate. Given Donatas Motiejunas was expected back by training camp, the fact he’s still rehabbing highlights how difficult it is to predict recovery time from back surgery.
SCS will keep you posted on news of the injury as more becomes available.
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