P. J. Tucker

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P. J. Tucker

Tucker in December 2012
No. 17 – Phoenix Suns
Small forward
Personal information
Born(1985-05-05) May 5, 1985 (age 27)
Raleigh, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolEnloe (Raleigh, North Carolina)
CollegeTexas (2003–2006)
NBA Draft2006 / 2nd round, 35th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career2006–present
LeagueNBA
Career history
2006–2007Toronto Raptors
2007Colorado 14ers (D-League)
2007–2008Hapoel Holon (Israel)
2008–2010Donetsk (Ukraine)
2010Bnei HaSharon (Israel)
2010–2011Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)
2011Sutor Montegranaro (Italy)
2011Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
2011–2012Brose Baskets (Germany)
2012–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Israeli MVP (2008)
Israeli Champion (2008)
 
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P. J. Tucker

Tucker in December 2012
No. 17 – Phoenix Suns
Small forward
Personal information
Born(1985-05-05) May 5, 1985 (age 27)
Raleigh, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolEnloe (Raleigh, North Carolina)
CollegeTexas (2003–2006)
NBA Draft2006 / 2nd round, 35th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career2006–present
LeagueNBA
Career history
2006–2007Toronto Raptors
2007Colorado 14ers (D-League)
2007–2008Hapoel Holon (Israel)
2008–2010Donetsk (Ukraine)
2010Bnei HaSharon (Israel)
2010–2011Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)
2011Sutor Montegranaro (Italy)
2011Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
2011–2012Brose Baskets (Germany)
2012–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Israeli MVP (2008)
Israeli Champion (2008)

Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker, Jr. (born May 5, 1985, in Raleigh, North Carolina) 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.

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Professional career

He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 35th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and signed a two-year deal with them on July 26, 2006.

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.[1] Tucker was on the 2007 summer league roster for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[2]

At the 2007-08 season with Hapoel Holon from Ligat Winner, 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 2008-2009 season he signed with the BC Donetsk team[3] that was just promoted to the Ukrainian Basketball Super League.[4][5] 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.[6] On October 7, 2009 Tucker renewed his contract with Donetsk for the 2009-10 season.[7] After the team bankrupted he returned to Israel in March 2010 and signed for Bnei HaSharon until the end of the season.[8] In August 2010 he signed with Aris BC for the 2010-11 season,[9] but he was released in March 2011.[10] In April 2011 he signed with Sutor Basket Montegranaro in Italy.[11] In July 2011 he signed a one-year deal with the German Euroleague participant Brose Baskets Bamberg.[12]

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.[13] 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.

Awards

College

Ligat Winner

(Israeli Premier League)

Career statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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

NBA stats

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2006–07Toronto1704.9.500.000.5711.40.20.1.01.8

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