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.
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 GermanEuroleague 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 and Marcus Morris.