P. J. Tucker
Tucker in December 2012
|No. 17 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
May 5, 1985 |
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Enloe (Raleigh, North Carolina)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|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|
High school and college
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.
Tough beginnings and International career
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, had 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.
In the 2007–08 season with Hapoel Holon from Israeli Premier League, Tucker won the MVP trophy and led his team to the league title. Holon broke Maccabi Tel Aviv's fourteen-year streak as Israeli champions.
For the 2008–09 season he signed with a 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, as well as become a Ukrainian SuperLeague All-Star. 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.
Return to the NBA
During the summer of 2012, Tucker signed a contract to play for Spartak St. Petersburg of Russia. 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 as a means 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 scored a 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 made his first start for the Suns on December 31, 2012 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and started majority of the Suns' games for the rest of the 2012–13 NBA season.
In a 122-109 home victory over the Golden State Warriors on February 8, 2014, Tucker finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 steals. He became the first Suns player since Shawn Marion in 2007 to finish with a game with at least 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 steals. Tucker grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 25, 2014, joining Charles Barkley and Jason Kidd as the only Suns players 6'6" or shorter to grab 16 rebounds in a single game. On April 6, 2014, Tucker scored a career-high 22 points in a 122–115 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On June 27, 2014, the Suns extended a qualifying offer to Tucker, thus making him a restricted free agent. On July 23, 2014, Tucker re-signed with the Suns to a reported three-year, $16.5 million contract. In August 2014, he was suspended for the first three games of the 2014–15 season without pay for pleading guilty to driving while under the extreme influence in May 2014. He returned from suspension on November 4, 2014 to face the Los Angeles Lakers.
On December 31, 2015, Tucker tied his career-high of 22 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
NBA career statistics
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|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|
Tucker is the son of Anthony and Aleshia Tucker. Tucker spent a portion of his childhood living in Germany while his father served in the Army.
In May 2014, Tucker was arrested for "super-extreme DUI" by Scottsdale police. As a result of his "super-extreme DUI," Tucker received a three-day jail sentence, as well as eleven days of house detention. In addition, an ignition interlock device was placed on his vehicles for eighteen months, he was placed on five-year probation, be subject to substance abuse screening and counseling, and pay $2,750 in fines, not including court and jail costs of up to $200 per day.
Tucker is a self-proclaimed "sneakerhead" and stores hundreds of pairs of basketball shoes in at least 4 different locations across the country. He endorses the Nike and Air Jordan brands is known to wear many different models of basketball shoes on the court throughout each NBA season. Some of the basketball shoe models Tucker has worn in NBA games include the Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4, Nike Kyrie 1, Air Jordan Retro 8 (VIII), Air Jordan Retro 5 (V), Air Jordan Retro 6 (VI) Air Jordan Retro 7 (VII), Air Jordan Retro 2 (II), Air Jordan Retro 3 (III), Air Jordan Retro 9 (IX), Air Jordan Retro 11 (XI) Low, Air Jordan Retro 14 (XIV), and Nike Kobe X (10).
- Prospect Profile: P.J. Tucker
- Wilkerson, William (2007-03-25). "Ex-Longhorn Tucker released by Raptors". Austin American-Statesman. Archived from the original (registration required) 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
- Notebook: Thunder 114, Suns 96
- Where are they now: Last year's Phoenix Suns are "all happy now"
- Game-day Orange Slices for Suns-Jazz with rewind on Suns-Wolves
- Notebook: Suns 122, Thunder 115
- "Suns Extend Qualifying Offers to Bledsoe, Tucker". NBA.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- Suns Re-Sign P.J. Tucker
- P.J. Tucker Signs Three-Year, $16.5M Deal With Suns
- P.J. Tucker Suspended Three Games By NBA For Extreme DUI
- Phoenix Suns beat Lakers 112-106 despite Kobe's 39
- #SunsAtThunder By the Numbers: December 31
- Suns' P.J. Tucker receives jail time for DUI, apologizes to fans
- Cacciola, Scott (2014-01-29). "A Huge N.B.A. Rivalry: Sneaker Collections". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "P.J. Tucker product usage". www.tackl.com. Tackl. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Eurocupbasketball.com profile
- NBA Draft prospect profile