After the Suns’ second game in Las Vegas last Monday, reporters were already asking 28-year-old PJ Tucker if he was planning on sitting out the rest of the NBA Summer League.
Four games later, Tucker is still here, suiting up and, more importantly, carrying the team through critical stretches.
A former Summer League success story himself, Tucker helped the Suns hold off a furious rally from Miami on Sunday afternoon. He scored 13 second-half points, including a reverse layup to keep the Suns ahead in the closing stages.
With shooters and floor-spacers always needed in the NBA, Dionte Christmas’ game figures to be an appealing asset.
If that’s not enough by itself, consider Christmas’ body of work over the last few weeks: back-to-back summer league stints, highlighted by instant offense and confidence to match.
The former Temple standout has given the Suns an offensive jolt, something the team has needed when the veterans/regulars take a seat to give the rookies and NBA hopefuls a shot. When the offense stalls, Christmas is usually the guy to kickstart it up again.