Report: Former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker signs contract with NBA team
Former Wisconsin star forward Sam Dekker is back in the NBA.
That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who says Dekker has agreed to join the Toronto Raptors.
After two seasons overseas, F Sam Dekker is returning to the NBA on a deal with the Toronto Raptors, his agents Andy Shiffman and Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
Wisconsin also acknowledged the signing:
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) August 3, 2021
This will be Dekker’s return to the NBA after he left to pursue overseas opportunities in 2019. He spent the last two seasons playing in Europe, most recently with Turk Telekom in the Turkish Super League.
He was excellent during the 2020-21 season, scoring 15.4 points per game on 54.1 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent from 3-point range. He also added in 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest.
Dekker last appeared in an NBA game for the Washington Wizards on April 9, 2019. So far in his NBA career, he hasn’t been able to showcase his excellent shooting ability that made him a mainstay at Wisconsin and overseas. His career NBA 3-point percentage is 28.8 percent — well below league average.
There’s plenty of precedent for players leaving the NBA to go to Europe, only to come back and have a prosperous career. The most recent example is PJ Tucker, who spent four years in Europe before coming back to the NBA to play a role on multiple contending teams.
The NBA’s regular season begins on Oct. 19.