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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 260
College: Texas
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P.J. Tucker scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in Friday's loss to the Pistons.
Tucker hit 4-of-5 freebies and he has a solid but low-end value in 12-team leagues for owners to hang onto. With little upside to speak of, owners should feel free to move on when a hot free agent presents themselves, but like a lot of his teammates he can be turned to during four-game weeks and the like. Dec 13 - 3:25 AM

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P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker made his first start of the season on Tuesday, scoring four points (2-of-6 shooting) with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes.

He displaced Marcus Morris in the starting lineup and isn't likely to yield the job any time soon. Tucker has enough across-the-board production to be worth a pickup in all formats, as he's been averaging 1.4 triples, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in a mere 26 minutes per game this season. He's particularly useful in 9-cat leagues, where his 0.9 turnovers per game are an easily-overlooked boon to his value.
Dec 2 - 11:59 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker is starting over Marcus Morris for Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

After starting 81 games last season for the Suns, Tucker has been coming off of the bench mostly due to issues off of the court. However, Morris has been ineffective lately and the move makes sense, but there is no word on whether or not this is permanent. Tucker is worth a look in standard leagues while Morris should probably be dropped in most formats.
Dec 2 - 8:07 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 30 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds on Wednesday.

Tucker was suspended for Monday's game after missing the team bus and flight, but looked great tonight. Marcus Morris was not very good tonight and if Tucker can stay out of trouble and start playing well, could steal Morris' starting job. Especially given Jeff Hornacek's knack for rolling with the hot hand. Of course, he's not going to hit 6-of-8 shots on many nights, either.
Nov 20 - 1:14 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker will not play on Monday against the Celtics because he missed the team bus to the airport back in Los Angeles.

That's a new one. With Tucker out, Marcus Morris should get a little more run at small forward while Anthony Tolliver could also get more chances at the forward spots. Tucker is not worth owning in standard leagues due to the sloppy rotation in Phoenix.
Nov 17 - 6:25 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker logged 37 minutes off the bench in Friday's double-overtime loss, scoring 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples.

Tucker had a great night and Jeff Hornacek talked about getting him more minutes after the game. He defended everybody from the Kings' shooting guards all the way to Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. In just three games he has checked in with top 50-75 value in a very small sample size, and in such a crowded rotation owners should remain skeptical until he has long-term success. Still, he just got a big contract and he's worth a look.
Nov 8 - 3:29 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker is still adjusting to his new bench role.

"I'm still trying to get the flow, still trying to figure it out," Tucker said. "Coming off the bench is weird for me. It's different. It's a challenge, which I accept. It's fine. We've got a good team and being out and stuff. For me, it's a challenge just to figure out a way to get going and coming off the bench. It's definitely a different mindset." Tucker expects 10-15 games in order to figure it out, but he's not worth owning in most fantasy leagues anyway.
Nov 6 - 3:05 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker grabbed 11 rebounds against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with five boards, two assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

It's still a little strange to see Tucker come off the bench and tonight is a good example why he should start. The Suns don't really need an offensive guy like Marcus Morris in their first unit anyway and they did give up a number of easier buckets due to weak perimeter defense. Tucker is still not going to be worth grabbing in most leagues yet.
Nov 6 - 1:14 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker returned from his three-game suspension on Tuesday with three points, five rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 20 minutes off the bench.

Tucker's lone make was a 3-pointer from the corner that gave the Suns a seven-point lead with 19 seconds remaining, and the fact that he was on the court in crunch-time is a testament to coach Jeff Hornacek's faith in him. He's not a reliable fantasy option in 12-team leagues this year, however, thanks to mounting competition for minutes from Gerald Green and Marcus Morris.
Nov 5 - 2:11 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said the Suns are eager to get P.J. Tucker from suspension as he's expected to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Lakers.

Tucker missed the first three games of the season due to a suspension that stemmed from an offseason DUI and the Suns could use his leadership, according to their head coach. "When things aren't going good, he'll step up and say things to guys," Hornacek said. "We have other guys who say it, but not as demonstratively as P.J. does. It's that leadership that will help us now that he's back." Tucker will likely come off the bench for now, so while he doesn't warrant much fantasy attention, Marcus Morris owners will want to monitor this situation closely as Tucker's return will likely cut into his playing time.
Nov 4 - 12:44 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek said that P.J. Tucker will make his regular-season debut coming off the bench on Tuesday.

Tucker was the Suns' starting small forward last season, but Hornacek likes what he's seen from Marcus Morris. Through the first three games of the season Morris is averaging 12.3 points and 2.3 three-pointers, and if he can maintain the starting job, he'll be worth owning for owners in need of some 3-point shooting. We'll be watching this position battle closely.
Nov 3 - 3:20 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker is expected to return from his suspension against the Lakers on Tuesday.

It's not clear if he'll start or come off the bench, but it should help the Suns defensively. "He sets a tone," Miles Plumlee said. "We need his toughness," Gerald Green added. Owners should wait for more clarity on his role before even considering scooping him up off the wire.
Nov 3 - 11:33 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Suns F P.J. Tucker will finish his three-game suspension by sitting out Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

He'll return to action vs. the Lakers on Tuesday but his role is still a bit uncertain. There's mounting competition at SF from Marcus Morris and Gerald Green, which may lead to more playing time at PF for Tucker. He's best left on the waiver wire until we see where he fits in the Suns' rotation.
Nov 1 - 5:00 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

With mounting competition for playing time at small forward, P.J. Tucker said he's ready and able to play power forward as needed.

"When I go to [power forward], very rarely are we going to be a mismatch," said Tucker, who will be suspended the first three games of the season. "I can guard any four. And then they're not going to be able to guard us with the way we run the ball and spread the floor." Gerald Green is likely to play more SF this season, and both Marcus Morris and rookie T.J. Warren are also vying for SF minutes. Tucker's ability to play some PF is encouraging for his fantasy outlook, but he's still a flier pick at best.
Oct 20 - 1:22 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Coach Jeff Hornacek said deciphering P.J. Tucker's role is "hard."

"It was good for us last year to have the energy right from the start of the game.," Hornacek said. "You kind of set the tone in the beginning." Interesting. The coach could just be talking about Tucker's suspension, but we'll still keep an eye on this situation.
Oct 11 - 3:05 PM