Sam Dekker had successful back surgery on Friday, according to the team, and no timetable has been determined for his return, although Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported on Nov. 17 that Dekker would be out for approximately three months.
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Injury Hinders Dekker's Development
The rookie has not appeared in a game since Oct. 30 and only has six total minutes of action on the season. He had been assigned to the D-League earlier in the year.
Dekker already faced an uphill battle to compete for playing time in the Association as a rookie. He has established veterans in front of him in Houston who play the 3 in Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer.
The injury to Dekker will do little to diminish Houston's bid to return to the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets have plenty of depth on the perimeter and should only turn to Dekker if he's ready to contribute down the stretch. For now he has two solid players to learn from at his position as he continues his transition to the pros.