Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; (Editor’s Note: Caption Correction) Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) looks to pass as Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski watches during the first half in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
What The Experts Say:
"With his size at small forward and the ability to put the ball on the floor, Dekker projects as a versatile offensive threat. – Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com"
What The Player Says:
"Everything with my game is about trying to be very efficient. I thought I was a pretty efficient player this past season, but you can always get better. That’s the great thing about basketball. – Sam Dekker"
What BTBP Says:
Dekker is well known by many Bucks fans due to his exploits as a Wisconsin Badger, and in my opinion there’s every chance that Dekker won’t have far to travel to start his NBA career, potentially moving just across I-94 with the Bulls.
Chicago have a recent history of drafting wings, but with the exception of Jimmy Butler they have done so with moderate to no success.
Tony Snell didn’t seem to develop quite as many expected last season, and although he did have injury problems Doug McDermott was pretty inauspicious as a rookie. Add into the mix that Mike Dunleavy Jr. is a free agent and it’s not hard to see why Chicago would be looking at small forwards.
Dekker is generally regarded for his ability to score in bunches, but that perception is based far more on the Badgers’ tournament run than it is on his entire college career.
Still, Dekker has good size and physique for his position, and seems to have been well-regarded by anyone who has spoken to him during his draft workout tour.
Vinnie Duber of CSN Chicago definitely sees how things could work out between Dekker and the Bulls, even if there are question marks:
"He can play defense, he can score from various spots on the floor. The only question, as he mentioned, is consistency. If he can improve that, and if he’s around at No. 22, he’d be a tremendous addition for the Bulls, who could be in the market for a new starting small forward should they not bring back Mike Dunleavy."
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