P.J. Tucker

P.J. Tucker

38-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Clippers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Despite starting for the majority of the 2022-23 season, Tucker found new ways to do absolutely nothing, ending as the 314th-ranked player in standard nine-category formats. With averages of just 3.5 points per game to go with 3.9 rebounds and 0.5 steals, he really is the epitome of a player whose real-life value far outweighs their fantasy value. With that said, even his real-life value is something that is steeply declining. He is likely to play a meaningful role once again this season, but given what we have seen in recent times, managers can avert their gaze, even in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $21.5 million contract with the 76ers in June of 2022. Traded to the Clippers in October of 2023. Contract includes $11.54 million player option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

P.J. Tucker was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Anthony and Aleshi Tucker. His birth name is Anthony Leon Tucker Jr., but he was nicknamed P.J. by his father. The initials stand for "Pops Junior." Tucker has three siblings: Isiah, Quetta, and Quitta. He and his family lived in Germany for a period of time after his birth as his father served in the U.S. Army. Tucker attended William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh and was named North Carolina Player of the Year in 2002. His alma mater later retired his jersey number. He is widely regarded as the premier sneakerhead in the NBA due to his enormous collection of sneakers that are stored at multiple locations across the country. Learn more about Tucker by following him on Instagram (@pjtucker). Despite growing up in North Carolina, Tucker decided to play hoops at Texas for coach Rick Barnes. The 6-foot-5 forward started half of his games as a freshman and averaged 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. He helped the Longhorns into the NCAA Tournament, where he averaged 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in three games as the Longhorns advanced to the Sweet 16. Tucker was limited to 17 games as a sophomore due to poor academics. He provided 13.7 points and 8.0 rebounds when he did play, but Texas struggled without him and did not make the Big Dance. Tucker teamed with future pros LaMarcus Aldridge and Daniel Gibson to lift the Longhorns to the regular-season Big 12 title in his junior season. He posted 16.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals to win Big 12 Player of the Year. Texas made it to the Elite Eight and Tucker had double-doubles in all four games. After the season, the forward put his name in for the 2006 NBA Draft. Tucker was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 35th overall pick.

Available for Thursday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Not Injury Related
February 21, 2024
Tucker will be available to play Thursday against the Thunder, Joey Linn of SI.com reports.
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Tucker, who wasn't with the Clippers for their final game before the All-Star break, has been a negligible part of the rotation in Los Angeles, so while he'll be available for Thursday's game, it's unlikely he'll touch the floor. He belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
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How does P.J. Tucker compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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45.7%
 
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39.3%
 
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78.6%
 
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10.2%
 
Defensive Rebound %
8.9%
 
Total Rebound %
9.5%
 
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5.3%
 
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1.5%
 
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0.5%
 
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7.9%
 
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4.4%
 
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FLos Angeles Clippers
February 14, 2024
Tucker is away from the team and won't be with the Clippers for their final game before the All-Star break against the Warriors on Wednesday but is expected to rejoin the team following the All-Star festivities, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Tucker will be given a chance to "reset" during the break, as the veteran forward is unhappy with his current role in Los Angeles. He hasn't played since Nov. 27 after opening the season as part of the rotation, and it's unclear if that situation will change soon despite Tyronn Lue commenting that Tucker will "get an opportunity...everybody wants to play, he will be OK." Tucker is averaging 15.9 minutes per game this season.
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Tucker is the kind of player that playoff teams desire. He's a very good defender who plays with a lot of energy and can guard multiple positions. He's not afraid of the big stage and can help space the floor with his three-point shooting. After winning a championship with the Bucks the season prior, Tucker was a part of a lengthy playoff run for the Heat during the 2021-22 season. The Heat couldn't hang onto him, though, with Tucker departing for a three-year deal with the 76ers. While Tucker is a good player in real-life basketball, he's not nearly as valuable in fantasy. He's never averaged double-digit points per game in a season during his career, and he provided just 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers over 28 minutes per game last season. With the 76ers, he'll be asked to just play defense and shoot three-pointers while playing alongside Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey. Expect a low usage rate, putting him on the fringes of fantasy relevancy.
After earning a championship ring with Milwaukee, Tucker signed a two-year agreement with the Heat. The 36-year-old will take his pesky defense and three-point shooting to South Beach, where he'll battle fellow veteran Markieff Morris for the starting power forward position. Unfortunately, big minutes does not equate to big fantasy production for Tucker, who's generally on the floor to defend the opposing team's best forward. Also, gone are the days where Tucker was required to grab rebounds on a vertically challenged Rockets squad. With the Bucks, Tucker only collected 2.8 boards per game. Tucker's three-point shooting has been on a three-year decline, too. Last year with Houston and Milwaukee, Tucker shot only 33.6 percent from behind the arc. His signature corner three is not what it once was. Let your fellow fantasy opponents draft Tucker's championship name. We suggest you look elsewhere at the end of your draft.
Tucker avoided missing time for a second straight season in 2019-20 and settled in as a role player yet again. While he saw a slight drop in his scoring totals, the veteran big man was more efficient from the field, posting a 55.9 true shooting percentage and 54.1 effective field goal percentage that both beat his marks from the season prior. While his efficiency numbers were mainly up, Tucker saw his usage percentage dip to a career-low 8.7 percent. Given that he continues to trend down and the Rockets have surrounding talent of James Harden, John Wall, Eric Gordon and Christian Wood, he's not an ideal fantasy target. Even his rebounding -- a strong point for Tucker -- could decline if Wood and DeMarcus Cousins take most of the center minutes.
Tucker averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for Houston last season, starting all 82 games for the first time in his career. He doesn't offer much in the way of scoring or field-goal percentage primarily because 72.8 percent of his shots over the last two seasons have been threes. The good news is that his three-point shooting has been respectable, with 1.8 triples made per contest at a 37.7 rate in 2018-19. A 3-and-D frontcourt player, Tucker led the league in corner threes last season while providing solid interior defense for Houston with a career-high 2.1 combined blocks/steals per game. Tucker's point totals are not consistent, but he can heat up when his three-ball is falling, and he finished the year hitting at least three triples in 29 games. He provides a safe floor in terms of minutes, having averaged 31.0 minutes in two seasons with the Rockets, including a career-high 34.2 minutes in 2018-19.
After inking a four-year, $31.9 million contract with the Rockets prior to the 2017-18 campaign, Tucker immediately became a reliable defender with his new team, pairing with the likes of Chris Paul, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Corey Brewer to provide the Rockets with a defensive presence that the team sorely lacked previously. That tenacious defense kept Tucker in a significant role for the entire season and even earned him 34 starts across 82 games. While his 6.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal didn't necessarily scream Fantasy upside, he did improve as a three-point shooter while playing in one of the league's fastest-paced offenses. Tucker wound up hitting a career-high 1.4 three-pointers, while also upping his efficiency from beyond the arc to 37.1 percent, which was likely due to the number of uncontested looks he received while playing alongside elite play-makers like James Harden and Chris Paul. Already an improved 3-and-D player, Tucker could transition into a full-time starter for the Rockets during the upcoming campaign. Houston lost fellow defensive players Brewer and Mbah a Moute during free agency, and also indicated that newly-acquired Carmelo Anthony could come off the bench. That would leave Tucker to start at either small forward or power forward. Still, even if Tucker does open the year with the top unit, his minutes will likely only increase by a little bit and his value is still more intriguing in reality than in Fantasy.
Tucker opened the 2016-17 campaign in his fifth year with the Suns, playing in 57 games (17 stars), while posting averages of 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals across 28.5 minutes. However, with the Suns in rebuild mode and Tucker entering the final year of his contract, they opted to trade him to a playoff contender at the trade deadline in order get some sort of value before he left in free agency. That team ended up being the Raptors, who Tucker helped out as a sixth man off the bench. Across 24 games in that role, Tucker saw his averages fall a bit to 5.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 steals over 25.4 minutes, though that wasn't all too surprising considering the upgrade in talent around him. After the Raptors got bounced in the second round of the playoffs, Tucker opted to pass on a long term extension and instead, inked a four-year, $31.9 million deal with the Rockets. He's expected to slot in as the backup small forward to Trevor Ariza, which should keep his minutes fairly similar to what he saw in Toronto. With Chris Paul and James Harden doing the bulk of the work offensively, Tucker will likely be relied upon more as a defensive presence, something the Rockets have sorely lacked in recent years. He also shot a solid 40 percent from deep in his brief stay with Toronto, marking him as another three-and-D option at forward. The Rockets like to push the floor at an uptempo pace and get shots up quickly, which could allow Tucker to see a slight increase in his overall production. That said, the boost in numbers would only be minor, so his combined 2016-17 numbers should be a solid benchmark for his expectations moving forward.
For the fourth straight season, Tucker was the Suns’ top defensive stopper on the perimeter and was one of the few players on the roster who stayed healthy, suiting up in all 82 games for the first time in his career. The 31-year-old is valued for his ability to force opponents to take tough shots and commit turnovers, attributes that aren’t insignificant given the Suns’ team-wide struggles with guarding the three-point line a season ago. Tucker’s 6.2 rebounds per game were also an impressive figure for a player listed at 6-foot-6, but beyond that, he doesn’t bring much to the table. As a complementary player, Tucker rarely makes much of an impact on the offensive end, which was reflected in his averages of 8.0 points, 2.2 assists and 0.8 three-pointers in 31.0 minutes per game. He wasn’t particularly efficient with his opportunities either, shooting 41.1 percent from the floor and 33 percent from the three-point line. It didn’t help matters that Tucker played much of the second half without the injured Eric Bledsoe or Brandon Knight to help set him up, but the return of both guards to full health won’t necessarily translate to better offensive production for Tucker. Prior to suffering a season-ending broken foot in late January, T.J. Warren was beginning to encroach on Tucker’s playing time, and the third-year forward could very well overtake Tucker for starting duties to begin the upcoming campaign. Tucker was sidelined in mid-September following back surgery and was ruled out for six-to-eight weeks, likely keeping him off the court when the season begins in late October.
Tucker has found new life in Phoenix after five years away from the NBA following his rookie season with the Raptors back in 2006. He's played at least 78 games in each of the last three seasons and has established himself as an integral part of the Suns' rotation, starting a total of 144 games since the start of the 2013-14 campaign. Morris' numbers last season were nearly identical to his 2013-14 production, as he put up 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game in 31 minutes. While his field goal percentage took a slight leap from 43 to 44 percent, he was less efficient from the outside, converting only 35 percent of his attempts after shooting the three at a 39-percent clip two seasons ago. The Suns' roster is rather thin at the small forward spot, and Tucker currently projects as the starter. However, second-year swingman T.J. Warren showed promise last season and should step into a larger role, while rookie Devin Booker could play the three in certain situations. Regardless, even if Tucker doesn't reach the 30-minute-per-game plateau for the third straight year, his playing time doesn't figure to see a major regression.
Tucker is entering his fourth season in the NBA and his third season with the Suns. He emerged as a starter for the upstart Suns last season and averaged a career-high 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent on 7.6 shots from the field, 39 percent on 2.4 shots from three, and 78 percent on 2.5 shots from the free-throw line. As an enforcer for the Suns, Tucker is known mostly for his defense and will contribute in fantasy accordingly. He rebounds very well for his size (6.5 boards per game in 2013-14) and chipped in 1.4 steals per game last season. However, outside of those categories, Tucker is a low-end option for fantasy purposes. Even with over 30 minutes per game last season, he couldn't muster a double-digit point average and now finds himself suspended for the first three games of the season following a "super extreme" DUI arrest.
Tucker has carved out a niche as a solid tweener who does a little of just about everything. His work ethic allows him to rebound well for a player his size and guard larger players. Mainly, the veteran's expectations will be to infect the rest of the young roster with his approach.
Tucker is back in the NBA after five seasons playing internationally with stops in Puerto Rico, Greece, Israel, and Germany. If Tucker ends up playing a significant role for the Suns this year there's a good chance things have gone disastrously wrong in Phoenix.
Tucker, taken in the second round this year, has an outside chance to muscle his way into a Charles Oakley-like enforcer role in the NBA if he can improve his shooting and take full advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.
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Won't suit up Wednesday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Not Injury Related
February 13, 2024
Tucker is not with the team and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Warriors.
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Modest production continues
FLos Angeles Clippers
November 23, 2023
Tucker produced one rebound over 13 minutes during Wednesday's 109-102 win over San Antonio.
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Available to make team debut
FLos Angeles Clippers
November 1, 2023
Tucker (recently traded) is available to make his Clippers debut Wednesday against the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Unavailable Tuesday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Not Injury Related
October 31, 2023
Tucker (trade pending) is unavailable for Tuesday's game against Orlando, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
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Dealt to Clippers
FLos Angeles Clippers
Not Injury Related
October 30, 2023
The Clippers acquired Tucker, James Harden and Filip Petrusev from the 76ers on Tuesday in a three-team deal that sent Marcus Morris, Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington and Kenyon Martin to the Clippers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The 76ers also acquired first-round draft picks in 2026 and 2028, 2024 and 2029 second-round draft picks and the right to a first-round pick swap with the Clippers in 2029, while the Thunder acquired the right to swap first-round picks with the Clippers in 2027.
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