As the holiday arrives, we consider what each member of the Houston Rockets starting lineup would contribute to a Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving is a holiday full of an endless variety of food just waiting to be devoured. From bread rolls to mashed potatoes, corn to turkey, the timeless tradition of feasting on the fourth Thursday of every November is something to look forward to every year. With the holiday now upon us, we decided to put some thought into what every member of the Houston Rockets‘ starting five would offer up in such a feast.
Just as there is a wide variety of options in a Thanksgiving dinner done right, there’s a wide range of abilities in the starters for Mike D’Antoni’s Rockets. While some specialize in getting defensive stops, others specialize in crashing the glass or hitting shots from 3-point land. Others may dish out assists with ease while another might score with even more ease. Someone in particular might be doing just about all of these things well.
Now that Turkey Day has arrived, I thought it was only right to show appreciation for each member of the starting five for the Rockets by diving into what exactly they are bringing to the table this season. Without further adieu, let’s start with number five:
P.J. Tucker – Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce gives a perfectly sweet balance to a Thanksgiving meal, and P.J. Tucker has had the sweetest of outside strokes to start this season. Throughout his career, the swingman now in his ninth season in the NBA has been a 36.5 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
During his time with the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors, he hovered in the lower 30s when it comes to shooting percentage, but he’s been shooting at a clip of 38.2 percent since joining the Rockets. This season, he’s been on fire more than ever before from deep, shooting 45.2 percent in his 4.3 attempts per game (the second-most attempts in his career for a season).
Tucker has been especially successful in shots from the corner this year, ranking second in the league in both left and right corner makes.
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