The Rockets have had a great offseason so far and have improved offensively and defensively.
One of the most underrated signings of the offseason was 3-and-D guard P.J. Tucker. He is a super competitive player who will greatly help the Rockets in their quest to take down the Golden State Warriors.
His veteran presence and ability to fit perfectly into the system will be an incredible addition to the bench of the Rockets. While he has not been a full-time starter since the 2015-2016 season, he still brings a starting-quality talent to the bench. What will his role be with Houston next season?
P.J. Tucker’s Role
Tucker is one of the three players that the Rockets now have that can guard (or at least, contain) players like Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. At only 6’6, his height is not fantastic but his defensive ability more than makes up for it. He had many great battles on that end of the court with James Harden over the last few years.
P.J. Tucker is not just in Houston for defense, though. He has been a great 3-point shooter over his career and will get more open looks than ever before. He will always share the court with either James Harden and Chris Paul, who are the type of playmakers that Tucker has never had before in his career. His 3-point shooting percentage should see a rise and he could be a valuable weapon for the Rockets.
Tucker should see somewhere around 20-25 minutes a game, depending on who is shooting better between him and Luc Mbah a Moute. However, a bench lineup of Paul/Gordon/Tucker/Luc/Nene will be very deadly offensively and defensively to other teams. We will have to see what D’Antoni does with the minutes for his reserves.
So, P.J. Tucker, no hard feelings about this play, right?