P. J. Tucker was relatively unknown even before he made his first attempt to play basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2007. And although he was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 2006 NBA Draft, he quickly disappeared from the radar and had to take a hard, long and a rather unconventional path back into the NBA.
He played in the basketball leagues of Ukraine, Israel, Greece, Germany, and Italy and won championships in most of them. But when he had another chance in the NBA, he was ready for the challenge and has been successful ever since. Read to learn more about this determined athlete.
P. J. Tucker’s Bio
P. J. Tucker was born Anthony Leon Tucker Jr. on May 5, 1985, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the family of Anthony and Aleshia Tucker. Although he moved around a lot in his early years because his father served in the military, he grew up mostly in Germany, where his father served immediately after his birth.
Although he moved around a lot, Tucker had his high school education in his hometown, at William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh. After graduating there, he transferred to college and attended the University of Texas, where he played basketball and the college level for three years. In his three college seasons, he scored 1,169 points, 714 rebounds, 170 assists, and 116 steals.
P. J. Tucker applied for the 2006 NBA Draft after graduating college and was nominated 35th in the draft after being selected by the Toronto Raptors. Later that year, he was awarded a rookie contract (a two-year contract). However, after he had difficulties getting on the team, Tucker was offered the opportunity to play in the franchise NBA Development League – the Colorado 14ers – in 2007. After some impressive performances, he was to be recalled to the NBA.
Later that year he was recalled because he had only played a little over 80 minutes for the Raptors in 2007. He spent the 2007-08 season in the Israeli Premier League with Hapoel Holon, whom he led to the league title for the first time in years, breaking the 14-year siege of the title by Maccabi Tel Aviv. He was named the most valuable player of the season. He moved to the Ukrainian Basketball Super League, where he worked with BC Donetsk the next season. And although he had just made it to the Super League this season, he helped the team to third place on the list, as he had the highest points average per game this season. This earned him a place in the Ukrainian SuperLeague All-Star.
He returned to Israel in mid-2010 and joined the Israeli B-Ball team Bnei HaSharon for the rest of the season. For one season (2010/11) he played in Greece with the Greek team Aris BC and the following season in Italy with Sutor Basket Montegranaro. In the same season, Tucker signed a one-year contract with the German team Brose Bamberg, where he won the league title with the team and was also awarded MVP of the final.
The Phoenix Suns offered him a way back into the NBA after he was part of their NBA summer league camp. Tucker was awarded a 2-year contract and played his first comeback game in the NBA against the Golden State Warriors, which his team lost. As his performance continued to improve, he became a regular starter for the team. In July 2014 he was offered a three-year contract extension worth $16.5 million. P. J. Tucker returned to the Toronto Raptors in 2017 when the Suns traded him for Jared Sullinger, plus a draft pick slots, plus cash.
His romance with the Raptors didn’t last long, because months later he joined the Houston Rockets and signed the biggest contract in his NBA career – a $32 million four-year contract. His first game for the Rockets was against the Golden State Warriors, in which he set a 20-point mark that contributed significantly to the 122-121 victory over the Warriors. His first appearance in the 2018 NBA finals almost was his first, but the Rockets lost the series that would have earned them a place in the 2018 NBA finals to the Golden State Warriors.
Salary and Net Worth
P. J. Tucker’s contract with Houston Rockets, which he signed in 2017, is valued at $32 million. It has a guaranteed amount of $27 million and an annual salary of approximately $7.7 million. His actual net assets are not available, but it can be assumed that he has very comfortable assets.
Who is P. J. Tucker’s Wife? Family, Kids
Before his adventure with Houston Rockets, especially his exploits in the 2018 NBA playoffs, no one was particularly interested in learning about P. J. Tucker, but that’s not the case anymore. His stock has increased since the playoffs and fans want to know more about his private life, so we did some digging to see what we could find.
P.J. Tucker is married to a lady named Tracy, and as far as we know they’ve been together for about ten years and have two children – Aaliyah Tucker and King Tucker. There is no information about how and where they met or any other details of their love life. We also learned that he had an affair with Blac Chyna in 2015. She uploaded a video with her allegedly mysterious man in a nightclub, and in an effort to hide his identity, she did not reveal his face. But the fans betrayed that it was him and it became a topic of conversation on the Internet.
We also learned from a source that the Houston Rockets striker has a child of love with his wife in addition to his two children. The other child of P. J. Tucker was born on January 30, 2017, to a woman known as Taunishia Zoa. It has also been noted that Tucker’s wife, Tracy, knows about his mother and child.
Other Facts – Height
P. J. Tucker won the Dan Majerle Hustle Award successively in 2013 and 2014 when he was still on the roster of the Phoneix Suns. He is the second player from the franchise (besides Grant Hill) to win the award and remains the only one to win it twice.
The height of the small striker Rockets is measured at 6 feet (1.98 m), while his weight is 111 pounds (245 lbs).
He played with Schawlik Randolph as a teammate for the Suns. Their relationship goes back to middle school as a teammate and high school as a rival.
Tucker was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in May 2014.
He has a strange love for sneakers that could buy his collection an entire house. He is said to have spent about $200,000 on collecting sneakers.