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P.J. Tucker
SF/PF/C - 6'5, 245lbs - 39 years old - 12 years of NBA experience
Los Angeles Clippers - Acquired via trade in November 2023
  • Birthdate: 05/05/1985
  • Drafted (NBA): 35th pick, 2006
  • Pre-draft team: Texas
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Andre Buck (Arete Sports Agency)
2006 NBA DraftNBADrafted 35th overall by Toronto.
25th July, 2006NBASigned a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Toronto. Included team option for 2007/08.
5th January, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Toronto to Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
5th February, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Toronto from Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
5th March, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Toronto to Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
24th March, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Toronto from Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
25th March, 2007NBAWaived by Toronto.
21st August, 2007IsraelSigned a one year contract with Hapoel Holon.
3rd September, 2008UkraineSigned a one year contract with BC Donetsk.
8th October, 2009UkraineRe-signed by BC Donetsk for the remainder of the season.
14th January, 2010UkraineLeft BC Donetsk when the team folded due to bankruptcy.
4th March, 2010IsraelSigned for the remainder of the season with Bnei Hasharon.
24th August, 2010GreeceSigned a two year contract with Aris Thessaloniki.
3rd March, 2011GreeceLeft Aris Thessaloniki.
29th April, 2011ItalySigned for the remainder of the season with Montegranaro.
18th June, 2011Puerto RicoSigned for the remainder of the season with Quebradillas.
29th July, 2011GermanySigned a one year contract with Brose Baskets Bamberg.
27th June, 2012RussiaSigned a one year contract with Spartak St Petersburg.
24th July, 2012RussiaLeft Spartak St Petersburg.
31st July, 2012NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Phoenix.
23rd July, 2014NBARe-signed by Phoenix to a partially guaranteed three year, $16.5 million contract.
23rd February, 2017NBATraded by Phoenix to Toronto in exchange for Jared Sullinger, a 2017 second round pick (#54, Alec Peters) and a 2018 second round pick.
6th July, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed four year, $31,878,148 contract with Houston.
Career Moves
2003 - 2006Texas (NCAA)
July 2006Toronto Raptors (Summer League)
July 2006 - March 2007Toronto Raptors (NBA)
July 2007Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
August 2007 - June 2008Hapoel Holon (Israel)
July 2008Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
September 2008 - January 2010BC Donetsk (Ukraine)
March 2010 - June 2010Bnei Hasharon (Israel)
July 2010Charlotte Bobcats (Summer League)
August 2010 - March 2011Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)
April 2011 - June 2011Montegranaro (Italy)
June 2011 - July 2011Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
July 2011 - June 2012Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany)
June 2012 - July 2012Spartak St Petersburg (Russia)
July 2012Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
July 2012 - February 2017Phoenix Suns (NBA)
February 2017 - June 2017Toronto Raptors (NBA)
July 2017 - presentHouston Rockets (NBA)
Articles about P.J. Tucker

June 29, 2018

P.J. Tucker
SF/PF - 6’6, 245lbs - 33 years old - 7 years of experience

Reducing Tucker to the role of a three-point corner shooter offensively this season was entirely by design. Something that has been a part of his offensive game since his return to the NBA is now the vast majority of it; rarely if ever was he handling the ball above the break, nor even did he shoot much from there. It was all either a spot-up from the corner, or a very occasional foray of the rim.

Tucker was brought in to do this, to play undersized power forward, to crash the glass as best he could despite being only 6’6, and to play his usual brand of hustling havoc defence. The man who entered the league as a shooting guard is now seemingly a de facto ‘big man’ position player on the court, even playing quite a lot of small ball centre this season. Such is the unusual style of the Houston Rockets, a style that is made possible by having such a competitive and versatile defensive player as Tucker that allows them do it. The NBA’s move to going increasingly positionless may suit no one better than him.

Winning all the loose balls and being a key part of a switch-heavy defensive scheme that needs players that can track all opponents, Tucker was exactly as advertised for the Rockets this season. He was the heart of the team and the vocal leader that was needed with the departure of Patrick Beverley. As long as he is still fast enough to cover all the ground required to play this defence, he will continue to be.

Player Plan: Three years and $24,288,113 remaining, of which only two years and $18,887,764 is guaranteed. A decent enough price for what he brings but no one beyond the front three is invulnerable.

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June 29, 2017

P.J. Tucker
SG/SF, 6’6, 245lbs, 32 years old, 6 years of experience

Brought in to shore up the perimeter defence at the forward positions, Tucker did a very good job of keeping players in front, being physical and guarding the post. He gave up some threes in the process, but he did the job that was asked of him defensively, along with crashing the board and spotting up from outside fairly well (from the corners and straight-in, at least). Entering free agency, money is needed elsewhere, and Carroll at his best minimises Tucker’s role. Perhaps even Anunoby can fill it. But for cheap, Tucker is a good candidate to re-sign.

Player Plan: Entering free agency off of a $5.3 million contract, which is the right sort of price for a couple of years to a player of his calibre and age. This is fair even with the addition of Anunoby.

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March 22, 2017

[...] And then, of course, there is the defensive end, to which DeRozan pays less and less attention. Recent acquisition P.J. Tucker alluded to DeRozan's minimal defensive impact in his post game interview after the Raptors's recent win versus the Detroit Pistons - Tucker, it must be remembered, was brought in to play wing defense partly because DeRozan could not or would not do it.

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November 13, 2013

[...] Similarly, Phoenix's strong start should not mean a change in philosophy away from the youth movement. Should their very early success continue and they find themselves firmly in the playoff hunt, the to-do list should nonetheless read the same as it did before the season tipped off. If he was to be shopped before, Channing Frye should still be shopped, and P.J. Tucker should be prepared to be packaged with him if need be. It is not a slant on the performance or talent of either of the pair. Indeed, if anything, it's an endorsement. If it looks as though they can help Phoenix with a playoff push, then they can help any contending team with theirs too, thus helping their value on the market.

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July 8, 2010

Another former Raptors draft pick, Tucker spent a year and a half in the Ukraine with BC Donetsk, winning a Ukrainian championship in his first year. While leading the Ukranian Superleague about halfway through his second season, however, Donetsk went bankrupt, and were folded. Tucker had to find a new team, and will probably never find all those paychecks he is still owed.

Tucker improved his jumpshot a bit in the Ukraine, but it disappeared again in Israel. He is the same player he ever was; a 6'5 rebounder and defender without a great jumpshot, but who'll do a decent impression of an entry level Bonzi Wells. Players like this just need one person to love them for them to stick in the NBA - the somewhat similar Trenton Hassell just finished up $27 million contract - yet Tucker has not had this yet.

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May 13, 2010

- P.J. Tucker

Like Clay Tucker, P.J. Tucker has had problems with Ukrainian teams recently. Tucker's problems are rather easy to define; his team folded. Tucker began the season with BC Donetsk, starting his second year with the team after being named a Ukrainian League All-Star (and Slam Dunk champion) in his first. But after 20 games with the team this year across all competitions, Donetsk were folded due to bankruptcy. They were leading the Superleague at the time.

After the bankruptcy, Tucker returned to Israeli, the league in which he won a title in 2007-08. He signed with Bnei Hasharon and has averaged 18.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 10 contests. Tucker has shot only 4-17 from three point range for Hasharon, and three of those makes came in the same game. But in his twenty games for Donetsk, Tucker shot 17/37 from down there. For a man whose outside jumpshot is regarded as his undermining weakness, this is good progress.

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