With the onset of training camp Sam Dekker returns for his sophomore season with a new healthy mind set. The Houston Rockets small forward spoke with the media following the September 24th practice.
Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker (7) during media day at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Dekker spent most of the summer working on playing the small forward, but feels with his size he can also play the other front court positions. Asked what he’ll bring to the team Dekker specifically sites bringing energy off the bench, and helping to spread the court.
Of course the youngster is happier this training camp for a number of reasons. First his health is much improved which is huge sign given what he endured last season. Dekker required back surgery which kept him off the court, and meant he couldn’t do much to grow his game. In fact he appeared in just 3 games for a total of 6 minutes. The one benefit was he was able to observe which provided the opportunity to see how the game works.
Since he missed almost the entirety of last season, this year will be very much like his rookie season. The difference is while Sam Dekker sat sidelined he utilized the time to observe game film and learn more about the professional game. Those sessions have translated into the game slowing down for the University of Wisconsin product. Specifically Dekker says he understands the nuances pf the pro game better.
If Vegas Summer League was any indication, he’s proving his commentary is on the mark. Dekker was able to drive the basket, dunk and still possesses a strong outside game.
For now, it seems new head coach Mike D’Antoni will utilize him in a similar fashion to how he used his young snipers in Phoenix. In other words he’ll be asked to defend and hit from deep to spread the court. It’s likely he’ll see minutes with speedster Corey Brewer and potentially with fellow sophomore Montrezl Harrell.
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