The veteran forward appeared in 72 games for the Rockets in 2019-20, averaging 6.9 points, a career-high 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks. Tucker shot 35.8 percent from three, while hitting a career-best 81.3 percent of his free throw attempts. Tucker scored a season-high 22 points, and also added 11 rebounds and four assists, in a Nov. 6 win over the Warriors. He had an 18-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over Toronto on Dec. 5. Tucker grabbed a career-best 19 rebounds, to go with 10 points, against Sacramento on Dec. 9. In a Jan. 8 win over Atlanta, Tucker posted eight points, 17 rebounds, two assists and two steals. He blocked a season-high three shots in a win over the Celtics on Feb. 29, also chipping in 13 boards and nine points. Against Golden State on Feb. 20, Tucker went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc on his way to 15 points and five rebounds. In Game 2 of Houston's second-round playoff series against the Lakers, Tucker posted an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double. Tucker finished the season ranked seventh in total minutes played (2,467).2018
Tucker appeared in all 82 regular season games in 2018-19. He accomplished that feat for the second year in a row and third time in his career. The durable wing took the court for all 12 of Houston's playoff games as well, starting every game and logging a career-high 38.7 minutes per playoff contest. Tucker provided the Rockets with solid defense and quality three-point shooting. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds during the regular season. Tucker also converted 1.8 triples on 37.7 percent shooting from deep. Tucker comfortably led the NBA in corner threes attempted (277) and made (109) and was among the league leaders in corner-three percentage at 39.4. He stepped up his play substantially in the playoffs, averaging 11.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals-plus-blocks. He also drained 2.4 threes per contest at a healthy 45.6 percent rate. Tucker's strong defensive efforts helped the Rockets take Golden State to six games, but Houston was knocked out of the Western Conference Semifinals by the Warriors.2017
The 2017-18 campaign marked P.J. Tucker's seventh NBA season and first with the Houston Rockets. He appeared in all 82 games and started 34 of those. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and one steal while shooting 39.0 percent from the field. Tucker really embraced the "Three-and-D" role by shooting 37.1 percent on three-point attempts and effectively guarding several positions on defense. He posted one 20-point performance, and it came during the team's very first game of the season. Tucker also recorded three double-doubles with two coming in December. However, it wasn't until March when his offense peaked. During that month, the University of Texas product averaged 8.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Tucker stepped up his play during the postseason. He raised his averages to 8.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists during 17 playoff contests. Tucker shot 48.1 percent from the floor, 46.7 percent on three-point attempts and started each of those 17 games.2016
P.J. Tucker underwent a back procedure prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, but returned in time for the start of the regular season. He began the campaign with Phoenix, playing in 57 games and making 17 starts for the Suns. With Phoenix, Tucker averaged 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He scored a season-high 21 points against Denver on Nov. 27, adding eight rebounds. On Feb. 23, Tucker was traded to the Toronto Raptors -- the team that drafted him in the second round in 2006. With Toronto, Tucker played in 24 games, mostly as a reserve, and averaged 25.4 minutes per game. He posted per-game averages of 5.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Toronto qualified for the postseason, allowing Tucker to experience the NBA playoffs for the first time. He played an important role for the Raptors in the postseason, playing in 10 games and averaging 25.1 minutes. Overall, Tucker averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 boards and 1.1 assists in the playoffs.2015
Tucker continued to play an important role for Phoenix during the 2015-16 season. He was the only player on the team to start all 82 regular-season contests. Tucker averaged a career-high 31.0 minutes per game, emphasizing his value to the club. He posted per-game averages of 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Perhaps his biggest contribution was on the defensive end of the court. Over the course of the season, he averaged 1.3 steals and cemented his reputation as one of the league's toughest defenders. On Jan. 26, he dished a career-best eight assists against Philadelphia. He scored a career-high 23 points against Minnesota on March 14, adding 12 rebounds and five assists. Tucker topped the mark less than a month later, scoring 24 points and again adding 12 rebounds and five assists in win over Houston. Those performances were among seven double-doubles Tucker registered during the season.2014
Tucker re-signed with the Suns prior to the 2014-15 season. He played in 78 games for Phoenix, making 63 starts. His playing time remained steady at 30.6 minutes per contest. The University of Texas product posted numbers very similar to his previous campaign. That included per-game averages of 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals. He also averaged over one three-pointer per contest for the first time in his career. Tucker tallied two 20-point games during the season. Among those was a 20-point, 14-rebound effort against Miami on March 2. That performance was one of four double-doubles Tucker posted during the campaign. The defensive stopper also notched five steals on three different occasions. During a win over the Hornets on Dec. 17, Tucker swatted a career-high four blocked shots. Tucker's Suns finished at 39-43 and missed the playoffs.2013
Tucker returned for a second season with Phoenix in 2013-14 and started all 81 games in which he played. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 30.7 minutes per contest. That represented an increase of over six minutes per game from the previous season. He posted per-game averages of 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Tucker also averaged 1.4 steals per contest and his 110 total steals ranked 20th in the NBA. He showed a good touch from deep by making 0.9 three-pointers per game and shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. Tucker also shot a career-best 77.7 percent from the charity stripe. The University of Texas product scored a career-high 22 points in a victory over Oklahoma City on Apr. 6, adding seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He collected 11 double-doubles during the campaign. Among those was a 16-point, 15-rebound effort in a victory over Golden State on Feb. 8 in which he also tallied four steals. Phoenix ended the season with a 48-34 record, but failed to qualify for the playoffs.2012
After spending five seasons overseas, Tucker signed a contract to play with the Phoenix Suns in August of 2012. He was a key part of Phoenix's rotation in his first season with the club, playing in 79 games, 45 as a starter, and averaging 24.2 minutes per contest. Tucker averaged 6.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while playing hard-nosed defense. He shot 47.3 percent from the field and 74.4 percent from the charity stripe. Tucker scored a season-high 21 points against Houston on Apr. 15, adding five rebounds and two steals. He notched three double-doubles during the campaign, including a 17-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over Dallas on Apr. 10.2011
Tucker's multi-country basketball career started in 2006 with the Toronto Raptors and has since traveled to Colorado (D-League), Israel, the Ukraine, Italy, Greece and Germany. For the 2011-12 season, Tucker played in 54 games for Bamberg. Bamberg competed in both German BBL and the EuroLeague. He started in 40 of 44 German BBL contests, averaging 16.2 points, 7.1 boards and 1.1 made three-pointers per contest. His numbers dipped a bit during EuroLeague play. Tucker started three of 10 EuroLeague contests and delivered 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.2010
The well-traveled P.J. Tucker spent his 2010-11 campaign in Greece and Italy. This was his fourth season overseas. For the Greek team Aris, Tucker appeared in 18 GBL games and 12 Eurocup matches. He also played in three matches for Montegranaro in Italy Liga A. His best basketball was played during the Eurocup, when Tucker generated 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.8 made threes per contest.2009
During the 2009-10 season, Tucker split his time between the Donetsk team from the Ukraine and Bnei Hasharon of the Israel Superleague. With Donetsk, he appeared in four VTB United games, eight Ukraine Superleague matches, five EuroChallenge contests and two EuroCup matches. With Bnei Hasharon, Tucker appeared in 12 Israeli Superleague games. He delivered a strong 17.3 points and 9.0 boards per contest for Bnei Hasharon. With Donetsk, his best games were the five EuroChallenge matches, over which he averaged 23.4 points, 6.6 boards and 3.0 assists per game.2008
Tucker signed with the Ukrainian team BC Donetsk for the 2008-09, season, competing in both the Ukraine SuperLeague and the EuroChallenge. He played in 18 games in the Ukrainian league, averaging 19.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. The squad then appeared in two EuroChallenge qualifying games, with Tucker posting 14.0 points and 6.0 boards per game in those matches.2007
Tucker spent the 2007-08 season overseas playing for the Hapoel Holon of the Israel Super League. The forward started 26 of 28 games, averaging 15.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Tucker also shot 40 percent from three-point land, a developing aspect of his game. In the process, he won the MVP award and led Holon to the league title.2006
Drafted by the Raptors in the second round of the 2006 draft, 35th overall, Tucker appeared in 17 games during his rookie campaign. The University of Texas product showed promise in limited action at the NBA level. Though he averaged 4.9 minutes per game, Tucker offered 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in that time -- good for a double-double (13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds) on a per-36-minute basis. Tucker also suited up 19 times for the Colorado 14ers of the D-League, delivering averages of 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game. At the NBA level, Tucker's biggest game came Dec. 19 against Phoenix. In just 19:30 on the court, Tucker narrowly missed his first career double-double, racking up 12 points and nine rebounds (both season highs).
June 28, 2006Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 2nd round (35th pick) of the 2006 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2006Signed a one-year rookie contract with the Toronto Raptors.
August 1, 2012Signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
July 23, 2014Signed a three-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
February 23, 2017Traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Toronto Raptors for Jared Sullinger, a 2017 2nd-round draft pick and a 2018 2nd-round draft pick.
July 6, 2017Signed a four-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
March 17, 2021Traded to the Bucks, along with Rodions Kurucs and a 2022 first-round pick, in exchange for D.J. Wilson, D.J. Augustin and a 2023 first-round pick.