Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker Jr.
Few states worship the hardwood court like North Carolina. Coming from Raleigh, P.J. Tucker was one of many devotees. The competitive world of high school basketball in N.C. let P.J. show what he could do against some of the nations best. After graduation, he chose the University of Texas to continue his career. He played three years there. P.J. earned second-team All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year honors in his Junior year. In 2006, he declared for the NBA Draft.
P.J. was taken in the second round by the Toronto Raptors. P.J. played only 83 minutes of basketball for Toronto. After a short stint in the D-League, he took his talents overseas. In Israel, P.J. helped his team snap the 14-year run of consecutive championships the Maccabi Tel Aviv's had strung together. From 2007 to 2011, he travelled the world playing international basketball. In 2012 the Phoenix Suns brought him back to the NBA. Two trades later, Tucker found his current home with the Houston Rockets. Now a part of a high powered offense on a Western Conference contender, P.J. is thriving.
Sneakerhead is how P.J. describes himself. While he does set the standard in the NBA for exclusive footwear, P.J.'s style cannot be described with one word. P.J.'s fashion makes as many headlines as the Rockets offense does. His unique hat collection is unlike any other. His love of the wide-brimmed, custom hat is famous. He may rock cut-off overalls, a leopard print peacoat or a bathrobe to the Toyota Center Arena. Very little about his closet is predictable, and none of it is boring. The two things we can always count on with P.J.'s outfit: they are always fresh, and he will always have two pairs of shoes. After-all, he is not a sneakerhead, he IS the sneakerhead.
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