Player Review: P.J. Tucker
Info: 6-6, 224 pounds, 28 years old
NBA seasons: 3 (2 with Suns)
2013-14 numbers: 30.7 mpg, 9.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 38.7 3FG%
BEST GAME OF THE SEASON
Feb. 8 vs. Golden State. Facing the offensively gifted Warriors, Tucker logged a game-high 41 minutes that included 16 points, 15 rebounds and four steals. He was a one of several hot hands for the Suns that night, but it was his work on the other end that kept the Warriors from keeping pace in the 122-109 win.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
Continue to nail down his jump shot. Tucker made enormous strides last season in this area of his game, especially when it came to corner three-pointers.
He struggled elsewhere on the floor, however, sinking just 33.2 percent of his total jump shots, including a nearly identical percentage from mid-range according to NBA.com.
It makes for a broad range of work this offseason, but Tucker seems keen on just that kind of project.
“You want to take small leaps in everything, so even the stuff I’m really good at, I still want to get better,” Tucker said. “The stuff I’m not so good at, I want to take another step to get better at that.”
HEARD FROM HORNACEK
“We’ve really turned to him for his toughness and physicality all season long. P.J.’s a competitor – never takes a play off. For him, I think that’s the highest compliment he’d ever want – to be known as someone who works his tail off.”
PHOTO OF THE SEASON