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Remember that time Sam Dekker was the face of a NBA team? Neither does anyone else, but that’s not stopping the young forward from dreaming big.

After being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Cleveland Cavaliers for essentially a bag of peanuts, the 6-foot-9 wing decided it was a brilliant idea to poke fun at himself upon arriving in The Land.

So long, giant mural of hometown hero and legend LeBron James.

It’s now The Land of Dekker.

For years, that space, and massive banner, has belonged to The King, but has been removed since he took his talents to Los Angeles this offseason to play for the Lakers.

It’s impossible to replace arguably the greatest player of all time, on or off the court, but Dekker looks to be one of three small forwards on the Cavs roster — Cedi Osman and David Nwaba are the others — looking to answer the call.

So why not just automatically make him the poster child of the city? Pretty sure Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson — the dudes with rings — and fireball lottery pick Collin Sexton wouldn’t mind.

The Browns were winless last year, too, and the Indians can’t seem to get over the hump, either.

This is perfect, just so long as the only edits are putting Dekker in Cavs shorts and not a Rockets jersey.

A former Wisconsin star and No. 18 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Houston, Dekker, a Sheboygan, Wisconsin native, has spent most of his career as an afterthought. Back surgery during his rookie season didn’t help, and it has made it difficult to find success.

Dekker did score 30 points in his first-career start with the Rockets in 2017, but has since been a random piece to the puzzle. He was part of the deal that sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets from the Clippers, and now is one of the guys having to fill the shoes of LeBron James.

At least this Cavs fan approves. Well, kind of.

Dekker has never averaged even seven points in the NBA. Heck, he never even averaged 14 in college.

This is a phenomenal troll, but weirdly at his own expense.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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