Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni with some high praise for forward P.J. Tucker: "To me, P.J. Tucker is one of the best players in the league," D'Antoni told reporters on Monday. "I know a lot of people will go 'whoaaaa.' He was (ranked) like 80-something. I don't know what it was. You're kidding me. This guy plays maybe the best defense in the league. That's half the game right there. He might be the best. If not, he's one of the top five. Now you got a guy that shot since he started 42 percent from 3s, 47 in the playoffs. Really? There's a lot of guys that shot better than that? A guy that will get every loose ball, every chemistry thing, every play he's playing all out. I don't know how we judge people. What is the criteria for being a great player? That is a great player."