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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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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

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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
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The NBA has suspended P.J. Tucker for three games after he pled guilty to a 'super extreme' DUI.

The Suns were aware of Tucker's DUI prior to giving him a three-year, $16.5 million contract this summer, and they'll have to make do without their starting SF for the season's first three games. Rookie T.J. Warren or Gerald Green may be thrown into the fire on opening night, but for now, the starting job is still Tucker's to lose.
Aug 12 - 3:06 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker pleaded guilty to "super extreme DUI" and will serve three days in jail according to the Arizona Republic.

Tucker will also serve 11 days under house arrest and five years on probation. The league will probably end up suspending him for a few games but as far as we know this hasn't put him in the doghouse after inking a three-year deal this summer with the Suns.
Aug 4 - 10:01 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker was arrested for a "super extreme" DUI in May according to the Arizona Republic.

The details of the alleged incident aren't pretty and a suspension is probably coming down the pipe once the court case has worked itself out.
Jul 28 - 8:34 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Suns sign G/F P.J. Tucker.

It's a great signing for the Suns at three years for $16.5 million. Tucker had a breakout offensive season last year, averaging a career-high 9.4 points, 6.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 0.9 triples. He saw 30.7 minutes per game last season, but that number may come down a bit given how well rookie T.J. Warren fared in Las Vegas.
Jul 23 - 8:39 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns will re-sign forward P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million deal.

Considering some of the other deals being shelled out lately, this is a very good one for the Suns. Tucker outplayed his contract last year which paid him less than $1 million, but he turned out to be one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA while adding a nice long-range game on offense. He'll be looking at a similar role next season unless rookie T.J. Warren usurps his playing time.
Jul 10 - 7:31 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns extended their qualifying offer to P.J. Tucker on Friday.

P.J. Tucker is now officially a restricted free agent. Tucker is a defensive minded, jack-of-all-trades kind of player, and it will be interesting to see what kind of offers he fetches on the open market. Tucker posted career-highs across the board in his second season with the Suns averaging 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals through 30.7 minutes of action.
Jun 27 - 3:24 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns are eager to retain restricted free agent P.J. Tucker, and he's expressed a desire to remain in Phoenix.

"If I could be here, I would love to be here," Tucker said, but he may not be willing to accept a smaller annual salary to keep the Suns' promising core intact. "It's like the best and worst situation," Tucker said. "I'm going to be in a better position businesswise, but maybe I have to go to a team that's not so good ... [The Suns] have talked to me and said they want to have me back."
Jun 15 - 5:23 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker came up huge in Sunday's win vs. the Thunder, scoring 22 points on only nine shot attempts while adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Tucker got hit hard in the face, which caused him to briefly exit, but it may also have fired him up as he played with singular ferocity down the stretch. He drained 4-of-5 shots from downtown, which highlights his sneaky fantasy value -- with season averages of 9.6 points, 0.9 threes, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals, Tucker has established himself as a reliable top-100 roto option.
Apr 7 - 12:14 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker was one of many Suns to struggle in Sunday's loss, playing just 18 minutes to finish with four points and four rebounds.

Phoenix fell behind by double-digits very early, after which Tucker's defense became less important than Gerald Green's scoring. Tucker is averaging 33 minutes per game in March and he should resume his typical role vs. the Clippers on Wednesday.
Mar 31 - 12:24 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 36 minutes against the Hawks on Monday with eight points, 11 boards, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

He suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Wolves and it was not a factor tonight. Tucker has really come on strong in his age-28 season and it's hard to believe he was out of the NBA from 2007-12. He is a solid player to own in deeper formats and his presence as a perimeter defender has really helped him hold his average of 31 minutes per game.
Mar 24 - 10:44 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker injured his ankle vs. the Wolves on Sunday, but he was able to return and finish with 19 points, two 3-pointers and eight rebounds in a comeback victory.

Tucker drained 6-of-11 field goals (including two 3-pointers) and 5-of-5 free throws, without showing any obvious discomfort from his injury in the second half. We'll keep an eye on him in case the injury worsens before Monday's game in Atlanta, but for now we're considering him probable.
Mar 23 - 6:21 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played a team-high 41 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with 11 points, 10 boards, five steals and one 3-pointer.

He was suspended during Wednesday’s game for hitting Blake Griffin in the head on Monday and he should still see starter's minutes. The Suns are likely going to keep Gerald Green as a third guard which should only hurt Tucker’s shot total and not his minutes. He's a solid guy in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Mar 15 - 12:06 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker is off suspension and will start Friday's game against the Celtics.

The Suns rotation is getting shaken up thanks to the return of Eric Bledsoe, but Tucker keeps his starting gig. Gerald Green is going to the bench. That said, Tucker's playing time could be squeezed as the Suns are now very deep. He's not going to be getting 34.4 minutes like he has in his last five games.
Mar 14 - 12:45 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Isaiah Thomas
3Archie Goodwin
4Tyler Ennis
SG1Eric Bledsoe
2Gerald Green
3Zoran Dragic
SF1Marcus Morris
2P.J. Tucker
3T.J. Warren
PF1Markieff Morris
2Anthony Tolliver
3Shavlik Randolph
4Jamil Wilson
C1Miles Plumlee
2Alex Len
3Alec Brown