P. J. Tucker
Tucker in December 2012
|No. 17 – Phoenix Suns|
May 5, 1985 |
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Listed weight||224 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Enloe (Raleigh, North Carolina)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|Pro playing career||2006–present|
|2007||→Colorado 14ers (D-League)|
|2007–2008||Hapoel Holon (Israel)|
|2010||Bnei HaSharon (Israel)|
|2010–2011||Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)|
|2011||Sutor Montegranaro (Italy)|
|2011||Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)|
|2011–2012||Brose Baskets (Germany)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker, Jr. (born May 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player.
A former college basketball player for the University of Texas, Tucker attended Enloe High School in Raleigh. In his three seasons at Texas, he scored 1,169 points, including a career-high 594 in the 2005-06 season. He also collected 714 rebounds and dished out 170 assists, including 107 in 2005-06. He posted 116 steals throughout his career. In that season, he was a Second Team All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year.
On January 5, 2007, the Raptors announced that Tucker had been sent to the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League. Colorado, led by head coach Joe Wolf, has been designated as Toronto's D-League affiliate for the 2006-07 season. On February 6, 2007, the Raptors recalled Tucker to the NBA. On March 6, 2007, Tucker was sent back to the 14ers.
On March 24, 2007, Tucker was waived by the Toronto Raptors in order to free up a roster spot for Luke Jackson. He only played a total of 83 minutes during his only season with the Raptors. Tucker was also on the 2007 Summer League roster for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For the 2008-2009 season he signed with the BC Donetsk team that was just promoted to the Ukrainian Basketball Super League. He led the team to a current third place in the league at its first appearance there. A season ending knee injury didn't prevent Tucker from finishing the season with the highest average of points per game in the league. On October 7, 2009 Tucker renewed his contract with Donetsk for the 2009-10 season. After the team bankrupted he returned to Israel in March 2010 and signed for Bnei HaSharon until the end of the season. In August 2010 he signed with Aris BC for the 2010-11 season, but he was released in March 2011. In April 2011 he signed with Sutor Basket Montegranaro in Italy. In July 2011 he signed a one-year deal with the German Euroleague participant Brose Baskets Bamberg.
During the summer of 2012, Tucker signed a contract to play for Spartak St. Petersburg. However, he soon opted out of that contract to play for the Phoenix Suns' NBA Summer League team, and on August 1, 2012, he signed with the Suns on a two-year deal, with a team option on his second year. In his first game back in the NBA, Tucker recorded 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in a close 87-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors. He has since been a regular part of the Suns' rotation; mainly to bring in defensive stops or motivate the team's defense when necessary. On November 9, 2012, Tucker recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in a 107-105 upset victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tucker would later record an NBA career-high 15 points to go with 7 rebounds and 3 assists in a close 111-108 overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets on November 23, 2012. Tucker would later on get his first start for the Suns on December 31, 2012 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, mainly as a means to defend Kevin Durant throughout the game. He would then start a majority of the Suns' games for the rest of the 2012-13 NBA season.
After the Suns decided to keep him through the second year of his contract, Tucker decided to participate in the Suns' 2013 Las Vegas Summer League team with some of the team's third-year, second-year, rookie year, and undrafted players. His learning experience helped the team get a 6-1 record with a tournament appearance in the final round against the Golden State Warriors before losing the tournament to them. Once the 2013–14 NBA season began, Tucker continued to be a starting presence for the Suns with his defensive efforts and determination over the likes of fellow small forward teammates Gerald Green (who would eventually see some important starting time for the team) and Marcus Morris. His starts would prove to be effective for the team throughout the regular season, as Tucker would continue to increase upon his averages he had last season. An important highlight came out of a 122-109 home victory over the Golden State Warriors on February 8, 2014, as Tucker would get 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 steals throughout the entire game. He would end up being the first Suns player since Shawn Marion back in 2007 to have over 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 steals for the team in a single game. In fact, Tucker would join not only Shawn Marion, but also Amar'e Stoudemire and Charles Barkley as one of the few Suns players to have ever met that mark. Tucker would then get a career high 16 rebounds in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 25, 2014 days later. His 16 rebounds would also make him join only Charles Barkley and Jason Kidd as the only Suns players who were 6'6" or lower to grab 16 rebounds in a single game for the team. Tucker would also become teammates with middle school teammate Shavlik Randolph on March 1, 2014.
- 2003–04 season
- Big 12 Rookie of the Week, four times
- Big 12 All-Freshman team
- All-Big 12, honorable mention
- 2004–05 season
- Big 12 Player of the Week, two times
- 2005-06 season
- BBL Finals MVP (2012)
- BBL Championship (2012)
- All-BBL First Team (2012)
|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|
- Wilkerson, William (2007-03-25). "Ex-Longhorn Tucker released by Raptors" (registration required). Austin American-Statesman. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
- NBA.com : Summer League 2007
- Profile on bc.donetsk.ua
- Таккер – снова донецкий «тигр»! (Ukrainian)
- טאקר בשרון! (Hebrew)
- Aris Thessaloniki and P.J. Tucker reach a two-year agreement
- ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ ΚΑΕ ΑΡΗΣ (Greek)
- PJ Tucker alla Fabi Shoes: altro sforzo della Triade (Italian)
- Brose Baskets adds scoring ace Tucker
- Suns Sign P.J. Tucker
- "P. J. Tucker (2004-06)" (player biography). TexasSports.com. University of Texas. 2006-06-21. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
- Eurocupbasketball.com profile
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- P. J. Tucker at Basketball-Reference.com
- Profile on ESPN.com
- Highlight video
- NBA Draft prospect profile