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Sam Dekker Throws Down For 30 Points in 1st NBA Start

It has been an interesting ride for Sam Dekker at the NBA level. For all the ups and downs, he’ll likely never forget his first career start as a professional though.

That’s because Dekker was absolutely on fire from deep and couldn’t be stopped at the rim either. All that led to was a career-high 30 points, blowing his previous career best night of 19 points out of the water. His night was a big catalyst for the Houston Rockets blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dekker is sure to see more action and more starts if he continues to play anywhere near the level he did on Saturday night. From spacing himself well to being able to connect from deep over and over again, Dekker showed why he could be a matchup nightmare at any level.

It will be interesting to see if he continues to start for the Rockets going forward. He sure made it hard to justify not starting him in the coming weeks though.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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