P.J. Tucker does so many things for the Suns that never show up in the box score. In many ways, he’s the rock of this year’s squad and constantly relied on to set the tone on the defensive end of the floor.
Still, aside from all the intangibles he brings, statistics show that his contributions to the team this year have translated into wins. Click through to see five reasons why 2013-14 is his best season yet.
Tucker is averaging career highs in minutes (30.5), points (9.2), rebounds (6.4), assists (1.9), steals (1.2) free throw percentage (78%) and 3-point percentage (40%).
Tucker has seven double-doubles on season, his last coming against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 19.
Getting Better as the Season Winds on
Over his last nine games, Tucker has tallied three double-doubles and is posting 9.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
He had double-doubles in consecutive games for first time in career during that stretch.
P.J. Tucker had a then career-high 15 rebounds in addition to 16 points and four steals vs. Golden State on Feb. 8. Tucker became the first Suns player since Shawn Marion (21 points, 17 rebounds, five steals) vs. the L.A. Clippers on Nov. 23, 2007, to have at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and four steals.
Tucker joins Marion (10 times), Amar’e Stoudemire (once) and Charles Barkley (seven times) as the only Suns to accomplish this since the 1985-86 season.
(Source: Cole Mickelson, Suns Communications)
Heart > Height
P.J. Tucker (6-6) set a new career-high with 16 rebounds vs. Minnesota on Feb. 25, becoming the first Suns player 6-6 or shorter to have at least 16 rebounds in a game since Jason Kidd (6-4) had 16 boards vs. Orlando on Feb. 28, 2001.
Since Charles Barkley (6-6) had 16+ rebounds 48 times as a Sun, Tucker joins Kidd as the only Suns players 6-6 or shorter to do so.