Sam Dekker had successful surgery on his fractured left hand according to the Rockets. He will be reevaluated in one week with an initial estimate of him missing three to four weeks.
The former Wisconsin Badger will miss the remainder of the regular season with a questionable return for the playoffs, likely no earlier than the late second round or Western Conference Finals.
But the true impact won’t be on the Rockets playoff performance or rotation, it’s on who Houston will play in the final five games of the regular season.
In reality, Dekker fell out of the Rockets rotation ten games ago. The arrival of Lou Williams, a decline in Dekker’s shooting and D’Antoni’s interest in going with smaller lineups had already led to a significant reduction in playing time.
Before Ryan Anderson’s injury Dekker’s playing time had fallen to single digit minutes in five out of six games directly preceding Anderson’s injury.
After Anderson’s injury Dekker’s minutes rapidly advanced to a level over his 17 minute per game average.
Sam Dekker’s MP Game Log
Dekker’s playoff playing time would/will be dependent on Anderson’s health. D’Antoni is notorious for going down to an eight man rotation in the playoffs and Dekker was looking like the ‘ninth man out’ of that scenario. Naturally being behind Eric Gordon, Lou Williams and Nene/Clint Capela.
The injury is unfortunate as Dekker has proven his worth this season and will become an NBA rotation player if able to stay healthy. But in reality Dekker was unlikely to be a major factor in Houston’s playoff rotation.
Dekker will miss out on the opportunity to play significant minutes in Houston’s final games. Which is why we’ve all purchased Troy Williams jerseys, who is the big winner of NBA minutes for the final games of the NBA season, not Dekker.