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Rockets Sam Dekker to miss 3 months after back surgery, per report

The Rockets' first-round draft pick will be on the self for a while.

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When it rains, it pours for the Rockets. Houston Rockets rookie Sam Dekker may be out three months with back surgery, per a report by ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Rockets selected Dekker out of the University of Wisconsin with the 18th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Dekker was part of a Badgers team that reached the 2015 Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game -- knocking off powerhouse Kentucky along the way.

Dekker played in eight games, including one start, in the preseason -- averaging 5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.88 assists, and 0.88 steals in 18.5 minutes.

Dekker broke into the Rockets rotation during the team's first two games of the season (vs. Denver and Golden State) both of which were blowouts -- recording a rebound and a steal in six minutes.

The rookie didn't play in the team's next seven games, and was sent down to the D-League.

Presumably, a three month layoff isn't that bad if it's a back surgery -- but any back surgery is scary. Especially, if a 21-year old needs it.