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P.J. Tucker Really Sucks

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P.J. Tucker Really Sucks

When the 76ers brought in P.J. Tucker on a 3-year, $33 million contract, his role and expectations were pretty clear: Provide some much-needed leadership, defensive energy and toughness while being a great depth piece come playoff time. Just a couple of months into the season though, Tucker has been anything but, and is about as useless as a player could be.

On a team that boasts Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and James Harden, it wasn’t like the Sixers were banking on Tucker to be an elite scorer. But he has still been well below expectations and for the life of me, I don’t know why Doc Rivers continues to start him.

Let’s just look at the month of November. Tucker, over the course of 14 games, scored 26 points. That’s it, 26, which averages out to 1.9 points per game. This month also included separate scoreless streaks of four and three games. This man is out here doing cardio workouts and getting paid 33 million dollars to do it.

And it’s not getting any better to start December. Through four games, Tucker has 12 points, and he seems to be showing that same determination of not scoring. But for whatever reason, Rivers continues to start him and give him opportunities to sabotage this team.

Ultimately, just start Matisse Thybulle at this point. I know he can’t score but neither can Tucker, and Thybulle will certainly give you better defense. But Rivers isn’t a good coach or very smart, so I’m sure Tucker will continue to find himself in the starting lineup and play the same level of J.V. basketball he’s been playing. But oh well, Trust the Process, I guess?

Despite the struggles of Tucker and injuries to key players, the Sixers find themselves in a relatively good spot right now at 14-12 and fifth in the East. They look to get healthier in the coming weeks and hopefully make a push at the higher seeds, and I think getting rid of Tucker could help with that.

At this point, I don’t care how the Sixers get rid of him — trade him, bench him, or make him an offer he can’t refuse. Really, I don’t care what it is, I just don’t want to see this man continue to play basketball for this team. But anyway, that’s all for now.


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