Samuel Thomas Dekker (born May 6, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dekker attended Sheboygan Lutheran High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He played college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers. After finishing college on a championship game run in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Dekker was a very highly rated NBA draft prospect and was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
Dekker with the Rockets in 2016
|Born||May 6, 1994|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Sheboygan Lutheran|
|NBA draft||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|2016||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2017–2018||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Dekker was named the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior season. He was also named 2012 Parade All-American, AP first-team all-state and Wisconsin Basketball Coaches' Association's Mr. Basketball award. He led Sheboygan Lutheran to the school's first-ever WIAA state title. Dekker scored 40 points, including the last 12, in the state title game including the game-winning three-point shot after dribbling the length of the court with two seconds left.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Sheboygan, WI||Sheboygan Lutheran||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||Jun 15, 2010|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 4 (SF) Rivals: 3 (SF) ESPN: 4 (SF)|
Dekker played in 35 games (3 starts) as a freshman on the Wisconsin Badgers. He is one of only four true freshman to start under Bo Ryan joining Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Josh Gasser. He earned Big Ten All-Freshman team recognition as well as honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. He was also two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (January 14 and March 4, 2013). Dekker scored a season-high 19 points against Arkansas on November 24, 2012, and Nebraska on February 26, 2013.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Dekker was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Third Team All-Big Ten by the media.
Before the season, Dekker was named to the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Dekker was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and by the media. But he really only took off in the NCAA Tournament. In the Sweet 16 against the number four seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, Dekker scored a career high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the 1-seed Wisconsin to a 79-72 victory. In the Elite 8 against the number 2-seeded Arizona Wildcats, Dekker again came up big, scoring a new career high 27 points, including 5 of the Badgers's 10 second-half threes, the final of which is now known nationally as the "Dekker Dagger" shot because it sealed the win for Wisconsin. For these efforts, he was named West Regional Most Outstanding Player during the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In the Final Four game against the heavily favored and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, Dekker came through with another huge game, scoring 16 points, including the three that gave Wisconsin the lead for good. The Badgers finished second in the NCAA tournament after losing to Duke in the championship game. A week later, Dekker declared for the 2015 NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.
Houston Rockets (2015–2017)Edit
On June 25, 2015, Dekker was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. On July 7, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Rockets but subsequently missed the entire 2015 NBA Summer League due to a back injury. He appeared in all eight of the Rockets' preseason games, but managed game time in just three of the team's first 11 regular-season games. On November 18, 2015, he was ruled out for three months after requiring back surgery. On February 19, 2016, he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' D-League affiliate, on a rehab assignment. He was recalled by the Rockets on February 22. He went on to receive two more assignments to the Vipers.
On December 14, 2016, Dekker scored a career-high 19 points in a 132–98 win over the Sacramento Kings. On January 21, 2017, he made his first career start and set a new career high with 30 points in a 119–95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Los Angeles Clippers (2017–2018)Edit
On June 28, 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer and a 2018 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2018)Edit
Washington Wizards (2018–2019)Edit
On December 7, 2018, Dekker was traded to the Washington Wizards in a five-player, three-team deal. The Wizards traded Jason Smith and cash considerations to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks sent John Henson, Matthew Dellavedova, and 2021 first and second round picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers and received George Hill and a 2021 second round pick. The Wizards also sent a 2022 second round pick to the Cavs. 
Dekker has remained a Sheboygan resident throughout his NBA career. In November 2016, Dekker purchased a 1,568-square-foot condo on the Sheboygan River for $289,000.
In May 2017, Dekker became engaged to Olivia Harlan, an ESPN and SEC Network reporter, daughter of NBA announcer Kevin Harlan, and granddaughter of NFL Green Bay Packers Chairman Emeritus Bob Harlan. The two got married on July 14, 2018.
National team careerEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Seven Players and Draft Pick, Including Beverley, Dekker, Harrell and Williams". NBA.com. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
- "Cavaliers Acquire Sam Dekker". NBA.com. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Wizards acquire Sam Dekker in three-team deal". NBA.com. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- "NBA player Sam Dekker buys $289,000 condo". MySheboygan.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- "Sam Dekker engaged to NBA announcer's daughter". New York Post. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- "Check out photos from the wedding of former Badgers star Sam Dekker and Olivia Harlan in Door County".
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