Anyone who has watched even a small bit of Houston Rockets basketball in recent seasons knows how effective P.J. Tucker has become as a three-point shooter, particularly from the corners. It should come as no surprise then that Tucker won a three-point shooting contest with Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers at training camp for the FIBA World Cup team earlier this week.
Tucker shot 37.7 percent from deep overall last year, and Kuzma shot just 30.3 percent, so the only real surprise from my standpoint is that this matchup was even close. In addition, Tucker is one of the best shooters in the league from the corner spot, so the advantage was clearly on his side.
Tucker shot 39.3 percent on corner threes last year during the regular season and was even better on that shot in the playoffs, making 45.6 percent. Kuzma was 32.9 percent from the corner three in the regular season.
Tucker is the lone Rockets player remaining on the 16-player FIBA training camp roster after both James Harden and Eric Gordon bowed out, so it’d be nice to see him make the 12-man final roster when it’s announced later this month.
Good work, Tuck!