On Wednesday, we got one final WOJBOMB~! from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski before he shifts over to ESPN. According to Woj, the Los Angeles Clippers will trade point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets and, in turn, the Clips get back Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, and Houston’s 2018 first round NBA Draft pick, as long as it’s not in the top three spots in the draft.
Why are we discussing this on a Marquette Golden Eagles-focused website? Well, it’s very simple.
The President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach of the Clippers is one Glenn “Doc” Rivers, who played for Marquette from 1980 through 1983. Doc averaged 13.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists for MU before moving on to the NBA for a 13 year career. He finished up his degree in 1985 and even found himself elected to Marquette’s Board of Trustees in 2005.
Sam Dekker attended Wisconsin, but left without graduating in 2015. As best as I can tell, he has not finished that degree yet, which makes him a college dropout. A multi-millionaire college dropout thanks to being selected with the #18 pick in the NBA Draft, but a dropout nonetheless. Since Doc Rivers, noted Marquette graduate, is in charge of both the player acquisition end of things in Los Angeles as well as the on-court performance of the Clippers, he’s now in complete control of Dekker’s NBA career.
Let’s be clear here: This is a good thing for Dekker, and no, not just because he has a Marquette graduate to help him figure his life out now. Dekker’s career has nowhere to go but up after missing almost all of his rookie season due to injury and having this happen during his second season:
Like I said: Nowhere to go but up under the guidance of Doc Rivers.
I wonder if Doc celebrates Badger Hate Week.......