Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker Jr. is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Tucker attended William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh and played his college basketball for the University of Texas. In his three seasons in Texas, he scored 1169 points, 714 rebounds, and 170 assists to go along with 116 steals. He was named the Big-12 Player of the Year and second-team All-American.
Tucker was drafted as the 35th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. In 2007-2008, he played in Israeli Premier League with Hapoel Holon. He led his team to the league title and won the MVP Trophy. In 2011, Tucker signed a one-year deal with Brose Baskets Bamberg of Germany. He helped the team to the 2012 championship and was named the Finals MVP.
In 2012, Tucker signed a two-year deal with the Suns, with a player option in the second year. In 2014, he accepted a qualifying offer of three-year, $16.5 million from the Suns. In 2015, Tucker scored a career-high 24 points against the Houston Rockets in a 124-115 win. He played all 82 games in the 2015-16 season for the Suns, the only player to do so.
Mid-way through the 2016-2017 season, Tucker was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jared Sullinger, second-round draft picks in 2017 and 2018 and cash considerations. He made his debut in 2017 NBA Playoffs. He helped the Raptors in defeating the Milwaukee Buck in six games before getting swept in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Before the start of the 2017-2018 season, Tucker signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Houston Rockets. He helped the Rockets end the season with the league’s best record (65-17). He set a playoff career-high 22 points in a 127-105 win over the Golden State Warriors in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets ended up losing the series 4-3 to the defending champs.