Houston Rocket who needs to step up #5: P.J. Tucker
One of the most impressive streaks came to an end when P.J. Tucker was sidelined with a foot injury. Since joining the Rockets in 2017-18, Tucker had suited up in every single Rockets game.
Tucker’s durability isn’t suddenly in question but his game has clearly slipped this season. While his defense has remained sturdy, he has completely lost the ability to score.
From all levels of the court, Tucker has taken a step back in his shooting. He has gone from shooting 55.1-percent on 2-pointers and 35.8-percent on 3-pointers last season to hitting 46.2-percent of his twos and 32.9-percent on threes.
Tucker’s inability to find his shooting stroke has been a serious problem for the Rockets this season. Not only have his struggles hurt the Rockets on the court but it has hurt Tucker’s value around the league.
In the final year of his deal, Tucker has been the subject of a multitude of trade rumors. His pedigree as an effective 3-point shooter and a tough defender has made him an attractive option for contenders who are gearing up for a title run.
The Rockets need Tucker to step it up if they want to rescue their season and if they want to land their desired haul of a first-round pick or three second-round picks for him in a trade. Tucker has been the heart and soul of the Rockets for the past few seasons, it’s no wonder their plunge down the standings correlates with his own struggles.
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