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SAM DEKKER (SF)
  • Jul 20 2016, 13:56 PM

    Update: Dekker closed out the Las Vegas Summer League as the Rockets' third-leading scorer with 14.4 points per game.

    Analysis: Houston's 2015 first-round draft pick appeared in just three games for the Rockets during the 2015-16 campaign before undergoing back surgery in November. Even though this marked Dekker's second summer league, many close to the Rockets were eager to see how the 6-foot-9 forward would perform in his return to action. It's safe to assume that Dekker exceeded expectations, especially in regards to his shooting. Dekker knocked down 39 percent of his threes and shot 54 percent from the floor. With Dwight Howard no longer in the mix, someone will have to replace his production. While Dekker obviously won't contribute at center, the trickle-down effect of Howard's departure, as well as that of Terrence Jones, could yield some minutes to Dekker.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 23 2016, 13:24 PM

    Update: Dekker (back) announced via Twitter on Monday that he's 100 percent healthy.

    Analysis: Back issues limited Dekker to only three games as a rookie, but he tweeted Monday that he's '100% cleared 100% healthy with zero restrictions.' That certainly bodes well for Dekker as he enters his first full NBA offseason with the expectation that he'll be ready to be a regular contributor off the bench in 2016-17. Dekker also noted that he'll play for the Rockets' entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, an event his ailing back forced him to miss last summer.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 02 2016, 15:58 PM

    Update: Dekker (back) is not expected to undergo offseason surgery, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.

    Analysis: The rookie had a disappointing season while dealing with recurring back issues which limited his on-court appearances to just three. The fact that he won't need a second surgery on his back is certainty good news, but even good health for the 2016-17 season doesn't guarantee the former Wisconsin standout playing time with Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and K.J. MacDaniels already under contract for next season.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 03 2016, 13:17 PM

    Update: Dekker (back) is scheduled to meet with his doctor within the next few days, Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston (KRIV) reports.

    Analysis: Dekker was given the green light to return to the Rockets in late February following a three-month recovery from back surgery, but he failed to log a single game appearance with the team before back issues set in again. The rookie continues to travel with the team and has yet to resume practicing. The doctor's appointment should help clarify the extent of Dekker's latest setback, but it's looking unlikely that he'll be back on the court before the regular season comes to a close in mid-April.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 15 2016, 10:24 AM

    Update: Dekker (back) was held out of practice Tuesday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston (KRIV) reports.

    Analysis: Dekker underwent back surgery earlier in the season and is still experiencing residual soreness. As a result, he's been limited to light shooting at recent practices, and it's unclear when he'll be able to return to game action, whether it be for the Rockets or the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. With the regular season winding down, the rookie is unlikely to make a major impact at the NBA level this season, but if he's able to stay healthy and improve over the summer, he'll have an opportunity to be a rotation player in 2016-17.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Mar 14 2016, 12:07 PM

    Update: Dekker missed Monday's shootaround with lower-back tightness and isn't certain to be available later in the evening against the Grizzlies, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Dekker missed about three months of action earlier this season following back surgery, but this latest ailment isn't being viewed as much of a concern. Even though he recently returned from an assignment with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Dekker doesn't appear in line to earn a rotation spot with the Rockets over what remains of the season.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Mar 05 2016, 09:00 AM

    Update: Dekker was recalled from the D-League on Saturday, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.

    Analysis: Dekker has played in seven games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season after undergoing back surgery that sidelined him for roughly three months. He's fared well, averaging 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game, though the rookie out of Wisconsin has not appeared in a game for the Rockets since Oct. 30. Now that he's close to full strength, Dekker could factor into interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff's rotation, but that seems like somewhat of a longshot, and he'll likely be relegated to mostly mop up duty.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 01 2016, 12:27 PM

    Update: Dekker was assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: Dekker was active for Monday's game in his home state of Wisconsin against the Bucks, but he failed to see the court in what was a close game until the end. After undergoing back surgery in November, Dekker's rookie season will be focused on development and recovery, most of which figures to happen in the D-Leauge as the Rockets chase down a playoff spot.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 01 2016, 07:09 AM

    Update: Dekker (coach's decision) was active, but didn't see the court in Monday's 128-121 loss to the Bucks.

    Analysis: Dekker hasn't made an appearance for the Rockets since Nov. 6 after undergoing back surgery, but it looks like he's fully recovered from the injury, as he rejoined the Rockets on Monday following a five-game rehabilitation stint with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Prior to undergoing the back procedure, Dekker wasn't a regular member of the Rockets' rotation, so he could face an uphill battle to find minutes over the final month and a half of the season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 28 2016, 10:35 AM

    Update: Dekker will be recalled from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers in advance of the Rockets' game Monday against the Bucks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: Dekker, a former Wisconsin standout, could get the chance to see the floor with the Rockets for the first time since Nov. 6 in his return to his home state. He has spent much of his rookie season recovering from back surgery, but resumed playing with Rio Grande Valley earlier this month. Dekker has averaged 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds over 21.2 minutes during his five appearances with the D-League squad, but he figures to assume a much more minimal role with the Rockets. He ranks behind Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer on the team's depth chart at small forward.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 22 2016, 10:31 AM

    Update: Dekker was recalled from the D-League to practice Monday, but will return to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to 'load up' on some minutes, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Dekker will play a few more games with the Vipers while he continues to recover following back surgery, but the fact that he was practicing with the team shows that a full-time return to the NBA is likely to happen as soon as the organization feels the rookie is ready.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 22 2016, 09:19 AM

    Update: Dekker has been recalled from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: After just two games in the D-League, the Rockets are bringing Dekker back to their roster after the rookie averaged seven points, 3.5 rebounds, and two assists in 17 minutes in his short stint on the Vipers. Dekker, however, will likely struggle to find minutes within the team's main rotation this season given the Rockets' depth on the wing. All signs seem to indicate that Dekker is near full health following his recovery from back surgery.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 19 2016, 10:02 AM

    Update: Dekker (back) has been assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: Dekker took part in his first full-contact practice on Wednesday after undergoing back surgery in November, indicating he's nearing a full recovery. He's been assigned to the Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League and will likely play a few games there in order to get his legs under him and get back into the swing of things. Even when he's back to full health and on the Rockets' active roster, he'll likely struggle to see meaningful minutes, so a significant impact during the rest of his rookie season isn't expected.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 18 2016, 09:08 AM

    Update: Dekker (back) took part in a full-contact practice Wednesday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: It was Dekker's first practice since undergoing back surgery in November. The rookie appeared in just three games and wasn't a regular member of the Rockets' rotation before requiring the procedure. Though he could be cleared to return to the court before the end of February, Dekker may be forced to spend time with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the second half.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 03 2016, 10:56 AM

    Update: Dekker (back) took part in some of the open sessions of Wednesday's practice, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Watkins indicated that Dekker was 'moving around pretty good' during his time on the floor, which offers some encouragement about his progress following November back surgery. The rookie first-rounder still has yet to take part in full practice with the Rockets, so don't count on him returning until after the All-Star break.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Jan 11 2016, 11:35 AM

    Update: Dekker (back) was observed shooting at practice Monday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in November, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.

    Analysis: While it's a step in the right direction, Dekker is still 'a ways away' from returning to game action, according to interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The rookie underwent back surgery a few weeks into the season and is targeting a return to full practice activities around the All-Star break. Given his inexperience along with the injury setback, Dekker is unlikely to make a significant impact at the NBA level this season.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Nov 17 2015, 20:03 PM

    Update: Dekker will have back surgery Friday and is expected to miss about three months, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports.

    Analysis: He had been assigned to the D-League, so this does not impact his stock in most formats, although it will notably hinder his development in his first season as a professional.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Nov 13 2015, 11:00 AM

    Update: Dekker (back) did not travel with the Rockets and will be assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League according to head coach Kevin McHale, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: This move was expected, as McHale said Dekker would likely go to the D-League as soon as his back soreness no longer limited his ability to play. Between the injury and the team's depth on the wing, Dekker was likely going to see very limited, if any, minutes on the court this season barring extreme circumstances. The move to the D-League will give the rookie a chance to see plenty of action and improve.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 11 2015, 15:49 PM

    Update: Dekker (back) is experiencing soreness in his back according to Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: McHale said Dekker's back soreness is keeping him from going to the D-League, but after rehabilation, that could be an option for the youngster. Dekker, drafted by the Rockets in 2015, entered the league with an uphill battle for minutes. The Rockets are very deep at the small forward position, with players such as Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and K.J. McDaniels slated for minutes ahead of him on the depth chart. Due to these factors, development in the D-league during his rookie season might be Dekker's best option after he recovers from having a sore back.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

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