Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker is one of the veterans on Team USA, a squad filled with young talent. As one of the team’s older players, Tucker used his voice in a recent practice to lead the Americans in a drill.
USA Basketball released a video Thursday from its training camp where Tucker implores his teammates to communicate on defense. Communication on defense is important because players need to know where their teammates are on the floor. If a player needs help, or is in a position to provide help, then it’s important for them to alert their teammates.
As one of the best defenders in the league, Tucker led the Americans well in the video shown below. Throughout the video, Tucker told his teammates where he was, and he also helped direct players such as Kemba Walker.
At one point in the video, Tucker sat down next to Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Tucker further emphasized the importance of playing good defense, saying how Team USA would score with ease if it simply moves the ball.
With Tucker leading Team USA in practice, he raises his value with the team. Tucker isn’t a scorer like Walker or Donovan Mitchell, but he does provide defense and quality shooting.
Last season he shot 37.7% from the three-point line. A player who can guard multiple positions, Tucker could give Team USA defensive versatility, an important asset for the modern game.