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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward | #17

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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P.J. Tucker led the Suns' starters on Wednesday with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers with three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.
Tucker has been on fire for his past two games, with a combined 12-of-19 mark from the field, including 2.5 threes, 5.5 rebounds. 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals. T.J. Warren (head) is out indefinitely, which opens up more opportunities for Tucker, but he's not a strong rest-of-season addition. Dec 1 - 1:50 AM

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P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker moved into the starting lineup on Sunday and scored a season-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist and one steal in 42 minutes.

This was Tucker's 10th career game with 20-plus points, so don't expect the scoring to become a regular thing for the five-year veteran. He can, however, provide sneaky low-end value in deep leagues with his ability to contribute a little bit of everything to the box score, and with T.J. Warren still a few weeks away, he makes sense as a speculative add in deep leagues.
Nov 27 - 7:21 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, sending Brandon Knight to the bench.

Tucker can rack up the steals when given the minutes, so he's on the radar as a potential streamer option with a favorable matchup against Denver tonight. Knight's value is going to take a bit of a hit with the move to the bench.
Nov 27 - 2:51 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker made his first start of the season on Saturday, finishing with seven points, seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

He has never really been an offensive force with most of his value coming on the defensive end. While T.J. Warren (illness) had to go to the hospital, there's a decent chance Warren can be ready for Monday. Tucker isn't a great pickup.
Nov 19 - 10:39 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker will start for T.J. Warren (illness) on Saturday against the 76ers.

He played the entire second half on Friday, so expect him to get heavy burn tonight. Warren was in the hospital for his illness, so he could miss another game.
Nov 19 - 7:28 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 39 minutes against the Pacers with seven points, 10 rebounds, two steals and no turnovers on Friday.

T.J. Warren (illness) only played nine minutes because he was sick, so Tucker got plenty of run and started the second half. With the Suns playing again on Saturday, Tucker could be looking at a lot of minutes in a favorable matchup against the 76ers. He may have earned more minutes anyway because of how the second unit stepped up tonight.
Nov 18 - 9:54 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker scored 11 points with nine rebounds, four assists and five steals in 30 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

It was easily Tucker's best game of the season. The Suns were missing Tyson Chandler (personal) and the Blazers lost Al Farouq Aminu (calf) to injury, so both teams went small down the stretch which helped Tucker. He has seen an average of 26.0 minutes over his last five games, but he's more of a deep-league guy this season with T.J. Warren playing really well.
Nov 9 - 1:28 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker scored four points in 33 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

He also had a game-winning dime to T.J. Warren in OT. Coach Earl Watson is really leaning on his Tucker and T.J. Warren lineups. That lineup combo has been used for 27 minutes in the last two games after being used for just 17 minutes in the first four. They're also plus-7.0 in those 27 minutes -- Warren is negative overall. Tucker doesn't have much upside, but he's trending up for deep leagues.
Nov 5 - 12:16 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 20 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday with three points, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover.

He said he's willing to play whatever position the Suns need at shootaround, so maybe that was a hint for the Tucker power forward lineups in this game. He's not really going to be asked to score much, so his fantasy value won't be very high this year.
Nov 3 - 2:23 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker said he's willing to play whatever position the Suns need.

"With more minutes, my defensive intensity started getting back into people and doing what I do best," Tucker said. "From there, however they feel best to play me is how they do it." The Suns have used forward combos of Tucker and T.J. Warren for about five minutes per game, but Tucker's minutes should drop a bit with Warren playing so well. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Nov 2 - 4:55 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker (back) played six minutes during Wednesday's opener, going scoreless with one turnover to his credit.

This was an expected minute-limit as the Suns ease the veteran forward back into action. Tucker could return low-end value once he's up to speed physically, but his role is expected to dwindle as the Suns' develop guys like Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender late in the season.
Oct 27 - 12:52 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker (back) will be limited to about 10-12 minutes on Wednesday against the Kings.

He had back surgery in September, but that's not the reason why he's coming off the bench. Tucker was used at both forward spots last year and was used more in a defensive role. With more depth at the four and Devin Booker expected to play more small forward, there aren't many minutes available for Tucker.
Oct 26 - 5:06 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker (back surgery) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Kings.

Tucker will come off the bench behind T.J. Warren, and he'll be brought along slowly. Devin Booker is also expected to spend some time at the three-spot this year, so it's going to take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Tucker to make a difference in fantasy hoops.
Oct 25 - 4:44 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

"We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues.
Oct 22 - 11:39 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup.
Oct 17 - 4:04 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Eric Bledsoe
2Brandon Knight
3Tyler Ulis
SG1Devin Booker
2Leandro Barbosa
3John Jenkins
SF1P.J. Tucker
2T.J. Warren
3Derrick Jones Jr.
PF1Marquese Chriss
2Jared Dudley
3Dragan Bender
C1Tyson Chandler
2Alex Len
3Alan Williams