Alando Tucker

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Alando Tucker
No. 33 – PBC Lukoil Academic
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League Bulgarian League
Personal information
Born (1984-02-11) February 11, 1984 (age 30)
Joliet, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Lockport Township
(Lockport, Illinois)
College Wisconsin (2002–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
20072009 Phoenix Suns
2007–2008 Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2008–2009 Iowa Energy
2009–2010 Minnesota Timberwolves
2010 Gallitos de Isabela
2010–2011 Lokomotiv Kuban
2011 Gran Canaria
2012 Texas Legends
2013 Inter Bratislava
2013–present Lukoil Academic
Career highlights and awards

Alando Forest Tucker (born February 11, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for Lukoil Academic of the Bulgarian League. Tucker played five seasons at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and wore the number 42.

High school career[edit]

Alando attended Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinois.[1]

Tucker averaged 21.6 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior. He was one of only two juniors to be named to the Herald News AA all-area team.

As a senior Tucker earned all-state honors averaging 22.2 points while hauling in 7.7 rebounds and dishing 5.7 assists per game. He scored 35 points against Joliet, the number one ranked team in the state.

After seeing drugs and gang violence throughout his childhood, Tucker and his older brother Antonio made a pact to stay clean. They pledged to stay drug, tobacco, and alcohol free and stay away from tattoos.

Collegiate career[edit]

Tucker started off his college basketball career in 2002–03 starting 27 of 32 games as a freshman. He averaged 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

In 2003–04, Tucker played in just four games because of a right foot injury. He applied for and received a medical redshirt after the season.

During the 2004–05 season, Tucker started 30 out of 31 games. He led the Badgers in scoring with 15.2 points. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds. At the end of the 2006–07 regular season, Tucker was averaging 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

On February 10, 2007, Tucker reached the 2,000-point mark in his collegiate career in a game against Iowa. He was the second Wisconsin Badger to ever accomplish this. The first was Michael Finley.[2]

On March 10, 2007, Tucker broke the all-time Wisconsin scoring record (2,147 points) previously held by Michael Finley.[3]

Tucker also broke Finley's UW vertical jump record.

His collegiate career ended on March 18, 2007, when the Badgers lost to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels 74–68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tucker finished with 17 points on 4–11 shooting from the field and 8–13 from the line. He also had seven rebounds. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year and a NCAA 1st Team All-American, and also received the Lowe's Senior Class Award, in his final season.[4]

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in a ceremony on May 19, 2007.

Pro career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

Tucker was selected 29th overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

First Albuquerque Thunderbirds assignment[edit]

After appearing in two games for Phoenix, Tucker was assigned to the Suns' NBA Development League affiliate Albuquerque Thunderbirds on November 27, 2007.[5] His performances include a 25-point, 12-rebound effort in a 92–84 loss to Idaho on December 1,[6] 40 points (on 15-of-25 shooting, including 4-of-4 three-pointers) in a 109–102 win over Bakersfield on December 14,[7] and 32 points in a 100–97 victory over Anaheim on December 15.[8] Tucker was recalled by the Suns on December 18.[9][10]

Second Albuquerque Thunderbirds assignment[edit]

On January 11, 2008, he was reassigned to Albuquerque,[11] and recalled ten days later.[12] His performances include a team-high 33 points and 10 rebounds in a 123–117 win over Austin on January 12,[13] 39 points in a 92–91 win over Rio Grande Valley on January 13,[14] a game-high 26 points (on 11-of-19 field goals) in a 98–81 loss to Colorado on January 15,[15] and a game-high 29 points in a 104–84 loss to Dakota on January 19.[16]

Third Albuquerque Thunderbirds assignment[edit]

He was assigned a third time on March 13, 2008.[17] In 21 total games (19 starts), he averaged 27.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Tucker's performances in his third assignment include scoring a Thunderbirds season-high 42 points in a 116–100 victory over Los Angeles on March 16,[18] a 38-point effort in a 119–104 win over Tulsa on March 20,[19] 33 points (including 14 in the final quarter) in a 114–108 win over Tulsa on March 21,[20] 38 points in a 119–115 loss to Rio Grande Valley on March 30,[21] and 34 points in a 118–112 victory over Tulsa on April 5.[22] Tucker was recalled to the Suns on April 7.[23] He received Honorable Mention for D-League Performer of the Week for March 17, 2008.[24]

Iowa Energy[edit]

Tucker was assigned to the Suns' new D-League affiliate Iowa Energy on December 26, 2008.[25][26] He was recalled on January 2, 2009, after playing two games with the Energy.[27] His Iowa season-high was a 13-point effort in a 107–101 win over Utah on December 28.[28]

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

On December 29, 2009, Tucker was traded along with a second round pick and cash considerations to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jason Hart.[29] He was waived by the Timberwolves on March 22, 2010.[30]

Texas Legends[edit]

In November 2011, Tucker was selected by the Texas Legends with the second pick in the NBA D-League Draft.[31] However, Tucker decided to play in Spain instead.

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

On October 1, 2012, Tucker signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[32] He was waived by the team on October 27, 2012.[33]

International career[edit]

Gallitos de Isabela[edit]

In April 2010 he signed with pro team Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rico.[34]

Lokomotiv Kuban[edit]

On August 11, 2010 he signed a contract with the Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban from Krasnodar, Russia.[35]

CB Gran Canaria[edit]

In November 2011, Tucker signed with CB Gran Canaria in Spain.[36]

BK Inter Bratislava[edit]

In February 2013, Tucker signed with BK Inter Bratislava in Slovakia. He won a championship in the same year.

PBC Lukoil Academic[edit]

In September 2013, he signed with Lukoil Academic.[37]

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • Broke Michael Finley's UW school record for UW's All Time Leading Scorer with 2,217 points.
  • Broke Devin Harris's UW school record for most points in a single season.
  • Broke Michael Finley's UW school record for vertical leap as a freshman by jumping 38 inches.
  • 2002–03 – Set UW record for offensive rebounds (86) for a freshman
  • 2002–03 – Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team
  • 2004–05 – Big Ten and Syracuse Regional all-tournament teams
  • 2004–05 – Consensus third-team All-Big Ten selection
  • 2005–06 – First team All-Big Ten selection
  • 2006–07 – Consensus first team All-Big Ten selection
  • 2006–07 – Big Ten Player of the Year
  • 2006–07 – First Team All-American (National Association of Basketball Coaches)
  • 2006–07 – First Team All-American (The Sporting News)
  • 2006–07 – Senior CLASS Award

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Phoenix 6 0 8.0 .364 .250 .833 1.3 .0 .0 .2 3.7
2008–09 Phoenix 30 1 9.4 .430 .348 .788 1.0 .4 .2 .0 4.6
2009–10 Phoenix 11 0 6.5 .433 .143 .762 .6 .3 .0 .0 3.9
2009–10 Minnesota 4 0 6.3 .444 .000 .000 .8 .3 .0 .0 2.0
Career 51 1 8.4 .423 .294 .783 1.0 .3 .1 .0 4.1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Alando Forest Tucker". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ 2:00 pm ET, February 10, 2007Kohl Center, Madison, WI (February 10, 2007). "Tucker hits 2,000-point milestone as Badgers beat Iowa". ESPN. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ 4:05 pm ET, March 10, 2007United Center, Chicago, IL (March 10, 2007). "Tucker breaks scoring mark, leads Badgers past Illini". ESPN. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ 2:30 pm ET, March 18, 2007United Center, Chicago, IL (March 18, 2007). "Coach's son Kruger makes dad proud, leads UNLV to Sweet 16". ESPN. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Suns Assign Alando Tucker To Albuquerque Thunderbirds". NBA. November 25, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Idaho Tops Thunderbirds For Fourth Straight Win". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jam 102, Thunderbirds 109 – Box score". NBA. September 29, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Thunderbirds 100, Arsenal 97 – Box score". NBA. September 29, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Phoenix Recalls D-League Performer of the Week Tucker". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Suns Assign Strawberry To Thunderbirds". NBA. November 25, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Suns Re-Assign Tucker To Thunderbirds, Recall D.J. Strawberry". NBA. November 25, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Suns Recall Alando Tucker". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tucker Helps T-Birds End Toros Home Win Streak". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "T-Birds Edge Vipers". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ "14ers Beat Thunderbirds to Snap Five-Game Skid". NBA. January 15, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Wizards Fly by Thunderbirds". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Suns assign Tucker to NBA D-League". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  18. ^ "T-Birds Take Down D-Fenders for Fourth Straight Victory". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Thunderbirds Soar to Fifth Straight Win". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Thunderbirds Hold Off 66ers for Sixth Straight Victory". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Vipers Slither Past Thunderbirds to Take Back-to-Back Wins". NBA. March 30, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Tulsa Loses to Albuquerque, Falls Behind Colorado". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Suns Recall Alando Tucker". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  24. ^ "D-League Performer of the Week: March 17, 2008". NBA. March 17, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Phoenix Assigns Alando Tucker To Iowa Energy". NBA. December 26, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Alando Tucker Assigned to NBA D-League". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Suns recall Tucker from Iowa Energy". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Sims Scores Season-High 36 To Lift Energy Past Flash". NBA. December 28, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  29. ^ Krawczynski, Jon (December 29, 2009). "Oops! T-Wolves announce trade prematurely". USA Today. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Timberwolves Waive Tucker". Realgm.com. July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  31. ^ "2011 NBA D-League Draft". NBA. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  32. ^ Bucks add Eddie Gill, Orien Greene, Mustapha Farrakhan, Alando Tucker to training camp roster
  33. ^ Bucks waive Mustapha Farrakhan, Eddie Gill, Orien Greene, Alando Tucker
  34. ^ Published por Alberto de Roa (April 1, 2010). "Alando Tucker, signed by Gallitos de Isabela". Thehoopsmarket.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  35. ^ Published por Alberto de Roa (August 11, 2010). "Lokomotiv Kuban signs Alando Tucker". Thehoopsmarket.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  36. ^ "El Gran Canaria 2014 ficha a Alando Tucker". Cbgrancanaria.net. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Lukoil Academic signed Alando Tucker". Eurobasket.com. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 

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