Houston Rockets rookie forward Sam Dekker will miss three months after undergoing back surgery on Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The Rockets took Dekker with the 18th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The talented forward drove his draft stock up thanks to a marvelous performance for Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, and Houston gobbled him up to add some depth and versatility on the wing.
However, Dekker has barely seen the court this season for the underachieving Rockets that just fired head coach Kevin McHale thanks to a 4-7 start. Now the 21-year-old won’t see the court at all for a few months, making this a real bummer of a rookie campaign.
Dekker isn’t the only rookie to need surgery this season. Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is out six weeks after thumb surgery. Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (hip) and Memphis Grizzlies big man Jarell Martin (foot) both had surgery before the season.