Houston Rockets: Where P.J. Tucker is now
P.J. Tucker has experienced a drop-off across the board this season. While this is not unusual for a player of his age, 35-years-old, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Rockets.
Over Tucker’s first three years in Houston, he played 236 games, averaged 6.8 points and 6 rebounds per game on 36.9-percent 3-point shooting and 40-percent from the field. This season he has seen those numbers drop to 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds on 31.4-percent 3-point shooting and 36.6-percent shooting from the field.
Tucker’s defense is still solid but it has slipped enough this season that it can no longer be deemed plus and more concerningly his ability to hit corner threes has completely abandoned him. For the season, Tucker has only hit 33.8-percent of his corner 3-pointers, which is well below the mark he established over his first three seasons in Houston.
For a contender looking to upgrade their roster, Tucker doesn’t offer much more than a player that can be found on the buy-out market or in the G-League. However, the difference between Tucker and those players, is that he has a long-established track record as an impact role player.
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