Wisconsin Basketball: Sam Dekker back in the NBA

After a two year stint playing overseas, former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker is back in the NBA after signing with the Toronto Raptors.

His new contract comes on the heels of two productive seasons overseas where he expanded his game and improved immensely. 

Sam Dekker was originally drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2015 after a scorching hot NCAA tournament run. Dekker would go on to play four seasons in the NBA for the Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. 

During that span Dekker played in 200 games with eight starts in the NBA. In those five seasons, he averaged 5.5 points on 47.8% from the field and 28.8% from three.

Sam Dekker found himself at a fork in the road and decided to take the path less traveled, an admirable quality. He knew what he had to offer and what needed to improve to reach his NBA ceiling. The Sheboygan native hit the road and continued his professional basketball career overseas, signing with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia. 

Sam would go on to appear In 19 games, where he scored 11.3 points per game while shooting 58.5% from the field and 32.4% from three.

He would parlay that into a contract the following season with Turk Telekom of the Turkish Super League. This however is where he took the step forward many knew he would have to if he wanted to return to the NBA. Sam Dekker averaged over 15 points per game on 54.1% shooting, including 45% from three. 

Sam Dekker shot just 28.8% from three in four seasons in the NBA. During his two seasons away he focused on transforming his body and improving his shot. After shooting over 45% from three this past season, teams took notice. Already standing at 6-foot-9, if Sam Dekker can shoot from three he’ll have a home in the NBA.

Sam Dekker helped lead the Badgers to back-to-back Final Four appearances while at Wisconsin (2014/2015), including a national championship appearance. He appeared in 113 games with 81 starts in his three seasons in Madison. The pride of Sheboygan ranks 15th on the program’s all-time scoring list with (1,363 points) and also earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors his sophomore and junior seasons. 

The state of Wisconsin is pulling for you, Sam. 

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