Washington Wizards 2018-19 Player Grades: Sam Dekker

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Washington Wizards Sam Dekker

Washington Wizards Sam Dekker (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Our review of the Washington Wizards and their 2018-19 season continues as we take a look back at another mid-season acquisition: Sam Dekker. Here’s what worked and what went wrong for the fourth-year forward.

In just four seasons as an NBA player, Sam Dekker has already suited up for four NBA teams: the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Washington Wizards. Still just 24-years-old, Dekker hasn’t been able to stick with any one franchise. On July 1, he’ll be a free agent and the 6’9″ forward may find himself on the move once again.

Or he could be back in Washington. Dekker may not have been a standout after arriving here in a midseason trade that sent former Wizards center Jason Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks, but he proved worthy of playing time, even if he struggled to get it behind the likes of Jeff Green, Trevor Ariza, Jabari Parker, and even Wesley Johnson.

The fact that Dekker was never able to really separate himself and let his play demand he get minutes over the more senior forwards ahead of him may be reason enough to let Dekker explore other options. Despite being a regular contributor early on in Washington, Dekker’s minutes slowly dropped off as the season progressed and his role was never clearly defined.

But there hasn’t been much consistency throughout Dekker’s short career. Maybe staying in one place would help turn those flashes into something Dekker can do nightly.

Here’s what worked, and what went wrong, for Sam Dekker this season with the Washington Wizards.

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