Over the last week of game action, the LA Clippers have seen improved production from a multitude of players on the roster. Even before snapping their losing streak, there were signs of improved chemistry in LA's close loss to the Nuggets as well.
Things are beginning to come together after many were ready to count the Clippers out altogether. But there are still some loose ends the team must figure out. One of those is the other new player that arrived in town from the James Harden trade, P.J. Tucker.
Tucker has played eight games as a Clipper, but has scored just 14 total points in those games. He has played 15.5 minutes per game since coming to LA, but he has left a lot to be desired in the time he has been on the court.
P.J. Tucker has been a non-factor offensively
At this point in his career, no one expects P.J. Tucker to come out and score a dozen points a night. He is the second oldest player in the association, behind only LeBron James.
But the fact that he has been a total black hole offensively has been a big disappointment, especially considering he is one of the few serviceable wings the Clippers have left. With Nic Batum, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris and KJ Martin all now in Philadelphia, there is more riding on Tucker's shoulders than it would initially appear.
One of the most valuable attributes Tucker brings to the floor is a physical brand of defense. He can also contribute with his rebounding and screening abilities. With that in mind, it is hard to see Tucker getting completely booted from the rotation.
But even so, he will at the very least need to start knocking down (or even attempting) open shots when he is on the floor. Tucker has not taken a shot from the floor in the last 30+ minutes he has been on the court for the Clippers.