Sam Dekker is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Cleveland Cavaliers. Just like most NBA players, Sam started his basketball career right from high school before making it to the big league.
He played basketball for his college, Wisconsin Badgers and got selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The baller wears jersey No. 7 for the Cavaliers. He is also a social media influencer and is very much active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where he has garnered enough followers.
Sam Dekker’s Early Life and Career Beginnings
Sam Dekker was born Samuel Thomas Dekker on 6th May 1994 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to American parents, Carol and Todd Dekker. He was raised in his place of birth with his two brothers; John and Hannah. His father was instrumental to his career choice and took up the challenge of teaching and coaching Sam in basketball at a tender age which prompted him to develop a keen interest in the game. The efforts later paid off.
Dekker schooled at Sheboygan Lutheran High School, which was where his career kicked off officially. He became the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year, in his senior season. The baller also became the coaches’ favourite and won the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches’ Association’s Mr. Basket award. He did excellently well and was instrumental to the school’s first-ever WIAA state title. In his freshman season, Sam played 35 games, starting just 3, remarkably, he scored season-high 19 points against Arkansas on 24th November 2012 and Nebraska on 26th February 2013.
Following his outstanding performance in his sophomore; he was named the Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media. Sam Dekker was part of the United States, Under-18 National Team that played against Brazil, earning the gold medal in the FIBA American championship.
Injury And Career Stats
Sam Dekker, suffered a sprained left ankle injury, sometime in October 2014, during his Junior year in Wisconsin and missed a couple of games before making his return to the game.
The stylish player was drafted by the Houston Rockets on 25th June 2015, as the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and officially committed to the team via a contract he inked on the 7th of July 2015. He was sidelined for the NBA Summer League, owing to a stubborn back injury he sustained and had to undergo a surgical procedure to correct it.
When the baller recovered from the surgery, he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ D-League affiliate on rehab mission. After regaining fitness, he was called back by the Rockets. Following his return to the court, he scored a career-high of 19 points in the game against Sacramento Kings, with a 132-98 win, on the 14th of December 2016; he continued with the form to 2017, where he made a new career-high of 30 points in a 119-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on 21st January. The records would prepare him for later glories.
Sam Dekker signed with Los Angeles Clippers on 28th June 2017, in a swap deal; he spent just a season with the team. He is currently rendering his services to the Cleveland Cavaliers which he signed with on the 7th of August 2018.
Salary And Net Worth
As at 2016, Sam was on a salary of $1.646 million. Having signed for one of the best teams in the world, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in 2018, his salary rose to $1.8 million, the contract would see him getting a salary of $3 million in 2019 and $4 million in 2020. His current net worth is not yet official but it sure will be worth millions of dollars.
Is Sam Dekker Married or Dating Anyone?
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Sam Dekker is a newly married man. He is married to Olivia Harlan, a sports reporter with ESPN. Both got engaged in May 2017 and later tied the knot on 15th July 2018 in an elaborate wedding that was attended by sports personalities. The event was referred to by the masses as ‘Wisconsin’s Royal Wedding’.
Olivia Harlan is a white American, born on 9th April 1993 to Sports Commentator, Kevin Harlan in Kansas City. Her grandparent Bob Harlan, was a one time president of the Green Packers. She has 3 other siblings. Olivia was a student of the University of Georgia where she bagged a degree in Digital and Broadcast Journalism in Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Olivia’s interest in sports started in her school days and she has remained true to that calling till date. Before Sam Dekker settled with Olivia, he had a short affair with another athlete, Bailey Scheich. The relationship could not go on and they parted ways.
Sam surely has the height of an athlete which is a very big plus for him in his basketball career. He also has an amazingly fit physique. Sam Dekker is 6 ft 9 inches and weighs 104 kilograms.