The first round of the NBA Playoffs is over and the second round is entering the stretch parts of each series (excluding the Cavaliers, who have already advanced). With the conclusion of the first round, the Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, and Dallas Mavericks were all eliminated, making for a grand total of zero for Wisconsin Badgers players left in the postseason.

There were seven players from Wisconsin that made an NBA roster at the beginning of the season and five who ended up finishing. We look back at take a look at each players’ contributions, rough patches, and overall performance of the 2015-16 season.

Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets

Overall, it was a great year for Frank the Tank. Playing in his rookie season after being taken in a letter selection by Charlotte, Kaminsky participated in 81 of the 82 games this season. Not only did he contribute off the bench, but also saw himself in the starting lineup at times, making his first career NBA start as he returned to Wisconsin for the first time against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kaminsky was also a part of a Charlotte team that took the #6-seed in the Eastern Conference and took a talented Heat team to seven games.

Kaminsky also had a great postseason performance, starting in the final five games of the series and posting a positive +/- in all but one game. He also was a big part in the team’s first playoff win since 2002, a game where he was recommended by team owner Michael Jordan to the head coach, telling him to feed Kaminsky the ball more.

Despite falling in the series, Kaminsky put up a solid 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in just over 27 minutes a game. More impressively, this came against one of the more elite centers in the game in Hassan Whiteside.

Kaminsky had a more vital role than expected in his first year with the Hornets, as big man Al Jefferson saw injuries come and go. In his rookie campaign, Frank averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and shot just over 33 percent from behind the arc.

Duje Dukan, Sacramento Kings

Another Badgers’ rookie, Dukan fluctuated back and forth between the Kings and the D-League. Between the Kings’ poor regular season performance and constant movement, it was not the easiest road for Duje in 2015-2016.

Duje saw just one professional game this year, game number 82, where he played 24 minutes and scored six points on two three-pointers.

With the coaching change taking place in Sacramento,  Duje should get a fresh start with the Kings personnel next season and will hopefully find his place on the Kings’ roster a little more stable.

Sam Dekker, Houston Rockets

Sticking with the rookies, Sam Dekker received some criticism for leaving Wisconsin early as he spent almost all of his rookie season sidelined with an injury. He even took his thoughts to Twitter to respond to angry fan that was upset he left early and was questioning his loyalty.

Dekker didn’t take too kindly to that, responding in tweets that are now deleted:

“media- in what way should I regret leaving UW? because I got hurt for a bit? I’m living out what Ive dreamt of my whole life stop reaching.”

Dekker did in fact see some minutes this year, but they were very minimal as he ended the year recording just one rebound and one steal.

Although not happy with the way his rookie season went, Dekker seems to be ready to get to work and come back stronger next year.

It also doesn’t appear that Dekker’s rookie season was all that bad.


Oh Dwight.

Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks

The Badgers’ player with the longest current tenure in the NBA also saw himself a first round exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.

A career double-digit scorer, Harris struggled a bit at times this year, posting four points and three assists less than what his career numbers indicate. Dallas had a crowded backcourt this season and with the emergence of J.J. Barea, a player Harris usually played in front of, minutes became hard to get.

The Mavericks did get production from Harris when they needed it most, beginning in the month of April when they were fighting for final playoff spots with a number of other teams. Harris had four straight double-digit scoring games and put up double figures in five games of a Dallas six-game winning streak. In the month of April, the veteran point guard averaged 10.7 points per contest and is still proving to be an excellent role player no matter what team he is a part of.

Jon Leuer, Phoenix Suns

In his first year with the Suns, Jon Leuer put up his best season yet as a professional basketball player. Despite being a part of a team that never really stood a chance after the loss of Eric Bledsoe, Leuer started 27 straight games at the power forward spot, notching 10 double doubles, eight more than his previous four seasons combined.

Leuer finished the year at 8.5 points per game, which was an improvement of four from last year. He also increased his rebounds, blocks, assists, and shooting percentages.

The former second round pick has fit in nicely in his short career and while he doesn’t seem to put up gaudy numbers, he does just enough to stick around and contribute adequate production.


Former Wisconsin big men Greg Stiemsma and Marcus Landry were signed at the beginning of the year but unfortunately did not make the cut to last the whole season.

Landry was signed in August by the Milwaukee Bucks, but never saw a minute as he was not a part of the active roster moving forward. Stiemsma was waived by the Orlando Magic in October in order to cut their roster down to 15. He played in just two preseason games, averaging just over a point per contest.