March 24, 2011
At the off-guard position, veteran American guard Clay Tucker. Tucker is a versatile and occasionally dominant scorer, who can drive or shoot, play both on and off the ball, and regularly make an unblockable fadeaway, unblockable due to his combination of size and athleticism. Tucker doesn't defend nearly as well as this, and has not shot the three pointer as well as usual this season - however, an optimist would say that this means he's due, and the optimist may well have a point. Starting at small forward, Spanish international Carlos Suarez offers offensive and defensive versatility, with inside scoring, outside scoring, reasonable defense, high IQ play, good passing vision and useful rebounding numbers. This year, he's spent most of his time spotting up and shooting three pointers, and has done so rather well. And behind them all, Spanish veteran Sergi Vidal has spent the last two years mainly watching on, occasionally chipping in some jumpers, defense and dunks.
May 13, 2010
- Clay Tucker
Tucker is Tripkovic's backcourt team mate at DKV Joventut. The two are very similar, so it's a weird mix, but its not held either of them back too much. Tucker has averaged 16.1 points and 3.4 assists per game in ACB play, and averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists per game in the Eurocup. He shot only 35% in the Eurocup for some reason, though, and is shooting a better but underwhelming 41% in the ACB as well.
Tucker was also recently involved a tribunal hearing with his former team BC Kyiv, who owe him a boatload of money. The tribunal ruled mostly in favour of Tucker and his agents, and found Kyiv liable for most of the outstanding salary. This doesn't mean that they'll get it, but at least the debt is recognised now. The above PDF makes for an interesting read if you love to know about contracts, for it contains all the ins and outs of a standard European one.