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halphbreedballer 07-24-2012 10:31 AM

P.J. Tucker returns to NBA, Phoenix Suns after long wait
 
Tucker knows it all too well because that was his 2006-07 experience with Toronto, which included 17 appearances, D-League duty and a March waiver that started his circuitous path back to the NBA.

P.J. Tucker returns to NBA, Phoenix Suns after long wait

Remember this guy?

TORaptor4Ever 07-24-2012 10:39 AM

Damn.... I remember liking him quite a bit back then and being disappointed that things didn't work for him here (or in the NBA for that matter). Hopefully he's a little more mature now and willing to take the game more seriously. Best of luck to him.

I wonder if we still had him on the radar at all?

jeffb 07-24-2012 11:07 AM

Yeah I saw him in summer league. Good for him.

bjjs 07-24-2012 11:22 AM

I thought he lost motivation pretty early when he realized he wasn't getting any playing time no matter what.

LET'S GO RAPTORS!!!!! 07-24-2012 11:44 AM

good for him.

TORaptor4Ever 07-24-2012 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by bjjs (Post 673903)
I thought he lost motivation pretty early when he realized he wasn't getting any playing time no matter what.

That confused me back then too.... because from what I remember whenever he DID see the floor he played pretty well. And it's not like our team was amazing... I'm guessing he just didn't get along with SMitch.

Ball Don't Lie 07-24-2012 12:54 PM

He's a 6'5 PF. Unless he's changed his game I doubt he gets any time in PHX either

halphbreedballer 07-24-2012 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by thriller92 (Post 673956)
He's a 6'5 PF. Unless he's changed his game I doubt he gets any time in PHX either

6'6" and the reason he is getting signed is for his all around game.
He can defend 1-4 spots depending on matchups...
At least thats what his game is about.

bjjs 07-24-2012 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever (Post 673951)
That confused me back then too.... because from what I remember whenever he DID see the floor he played pretty well. And it's not like our team was amazing... I'm guessing he just didn't get along with SMitch.

Pretty much what Thrills said - undersized for the PF spot which is what he played in college.

I hope he can make it happen as a Corliss Williamson type 3.

Ball Don't Lie 07-24-2012 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by halphbreedballer (Post 673973)
6'6" and the reason he is getting signed is for his all around game.
He can defend 1-4 spots depending on matchups...
At least thats what his game is about.

Theres only two 6'6 or 6'7 PFs in the league by my recollection that are playing any kind of minutes in the NBA right now and thats Maxiell and Hayes, and both can defend their own position as well as C.

There isnt anyone in the NBA that I know of thats a 6'6 PF who guards multiple positions and does nothing on offence.

dfunkie1 07-24-2012 05:48 PM

i liked PJ a lot in college. i thought it would have been an easy transition for him to switch over to the small forward spot simply because he played all over the floor while in texas. i never understood the pick and he never really got a fair shake simply because we already had so much time invested in joey graham.

regardless, he wasn't ready. i remember vaguely following him to see how he was doing in the d-league, and from what i saw (box scorers and lack of mention in recaps) he struggled there as well. the long road works well with some, so hopefully he's developed his skill set to better set at small forward.

and there's no way tucker is 6'6"

DocHoliday99 07-24-2012 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by thriller92 (Post 674044)
Theres only two 6'6 or 6'7 PFs in the league by my recollection that are playing any kind of minutes in the NBA right now and thats Maxiell and Hayes, and both can defend their own position as well as C.

There isnt anyone in the NBA that I know of thats a 6'6 PF who guards multiple positions and does nothing on offence.

Pj is interesting, he has a pf mindset in a sg body but hasn't been able to really fit at the 2,3 or 4 - not at the NBA level anyways - too slow for sg and undersized to play the 3-4. Just a depth acquisition as I'm sure you can slot him in at the 2-3-4 if needed for spot minutes. I wouldn't expect anything more or consider him a lock down defender (or above average for that matter)at 4 positions. That's a reach. Players like Bowen, Tyson or Wallace who can lock their positions down will get paid big. If PJ was even close to that or better - guard 4 positions - he would be here in the NBA already.


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