Rockets’ P.J. Tucker responds to Chris Paul’s campaign to land him NBA All-Defensive Team honors
Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker is an unheralded player who has developed into one of the better glue guys in the league. He can shoot, he can guard, he’s tough and he possesses excellent versatility.
What Tucker is most known for, though, is his hard-nosed defense, and Chris Paul is campaigning to get Tucker NBA All-Defensive Team honors. As for Tucker’s response to Paul’s campaign? It’s a bit surprising:
“I don’t know why he’s doing that. (It would mean) nothing,” said Tucker, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “I’m not one of those guys that’s going to make my case for making it, be mad and cry if I don’t. I don’t care. I want to win. I love to win.”
Tucker is in his second season with the Rockets and is averaging 7.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 35.1 minutes per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The 33-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Texas, was originally selected by the Toronto Raptors in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft.
He played in 17 games during his rookie campaign and was then out of the NBA for five years, playing overseas in countries like Israel, Ukraine, Greece and Germany.
Tucker then returned to the NBA for the 2012-13 season, landing with the Phoenix Suns. He ended up spending four-and-a-half years with the Suns before being dealt back to the Raptors midway through the 2016-17 campaign.
He then signed with Houston that ensuing summer.