1. Lockdown Defender
If you listen to post-game interviews, when a Rockets player is praised for his individual defensive effort, who is the player that is always mentioned? The answer is P.J. Tucker.
Tucker has even been labelled as the toughest defender in the league by future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant. This is alot of praise frpm arguably one of the greatest offensive players in league history. Tucker’s defensive strengths allowed the Houston Rockets to match him up against KD during the Rockets’ 2019 playoff series against Durant.
Tucker’s defensive strengths were also pointed out by Jared Dudley, who made it known that he felt Tucker should have been on the All-Defensive team last season.
No PJ Tucker!!!! Kawhi not 1st team ??♂️ Come on bruh!!!! We gotta start having 3 votes.. Media, players and Coaches! Like the All star.. https://t.co/o5lzfy7eyL
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 22, 2019
We could continue all day with how Tucker impacts the game on the defensive end, but that is simply not needed. Anyone who watches the Rockets on a nightly basis understands that we would not have a shot at a championship without P.J. Tucker.
For anyone who is actually concerned about Tucker being here after next season, there is nothing to be worried about. I think the team will sign him to a 3 year deal (after next season) for $33 million.
In the spirit of flexibility for Morey, it could possibly be a team option for the third year of the extension. Quite simply, he is way too important to the new method of small ball for him to not be re-signed. Rockets fans, what are your thoughts on this? Do you agree that the organization needs to sign P.J. Tucker to an extension sooner rather than later?