Strange P.J. Tucker Stat That Keeps The 76ers Winning

The Philadelphia 76ers signed P.J. Tucker in the off-season to add a veteran and a good defender. So far, that has been working out great for both parties. In fact, defense is all they need from Tucker. In the last 19 games, Philly is 15-4 when Tucker does not score a single point.
Tucker has been phenomenal for the team. Although he does not stand out individually in terms of defensive rating, it is the little things that he does for the team. Hustling, diving to the floor, locking down top offensive players, and playing great team defense are what make Tucker special. 

Tucker has arguably helped Joel Embiid, his teammate, become a better defender himself. Teammate Tyrese Maxey has credited Tucker recently for helping him improve his defense as a guard. At 6'5 he was also praised for his defense against 7'3 Kristaps Porzingis in the win against the Wizards.

No one expected Tucker to be a force on offense, however, his numbers are staggering. He is only averaging 3.5 points per game this season. It is clear his focus is on the defensive end. That is probably what made him a sought-after free agent who holds a championship ring to his name with the Bucks. 

The 76ers are going to need Tucker to continue to be an elite defender. Clearly, superstars Embiid and Harden are the most appreciative of his efforts due to his versatility in defending all five positions. Philadelphia plays a tough Cleveland team that boasts two of the best guards in the East. Tucker will most likely be assigned the matchup against either Donovan Mitchell or Darius Garland. 

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