Former Wisconsin Badgers great and NBA hopeful Alando Tucker participated in an informal workout with the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday afternoon. With 14 players currently on Milwaukee’s roster, is there a chance Tucker will play for the Bucks this upcoming season?
It certainly does not feel like five years have passed since Wisconsin fans watched Tucker dominate in a Badgers jersey from 2002-2007. Tucker had one of the most successful collegiate careers in Wisconsin basketball history.
In 2007, he reached the 2,000-point mark becoming only the second Badger ever to do this after Michael Finley initially accomplished the feat. On March 10, 2007, Tucker broke Finley’s all-time scoring record. His 2,217 career points still stand as the school record to this day.
Tucker went on to win the 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year, Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, and was named to the NCAA All-American First Team. The Phoenix Suns drafted him in the first round with the 29th selection in the 2007 NBA Draft.
After only two games with Phoenix, he was designated to the Suns’ NBA Development League team Albuquerque Thunderbirds. After a solid performance, Phoenix called him back and he played in four more games. In 2009 after playing 36 games with the Suns, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in which he was later waived that very same season.
Tucker played in Puerto Rico, Russia, and most recently Spain. He spent last year playing for CB Gran Canaria and eventually went back to the Texas Legends, the NBA D-League team that drafted him in 2011.
After bouncing all around the world, trying to make it somewhere playing basketball professionally, Tucker may have found his home in Milwaukee.
“It’s great for me, a great opportunity to be back in the state,” Tucker said. “I’m taking it a step at a time. If I can get an invite to camp, that would be great. That would be one foot in the door.”
There is no guarantee he will make the team just because he was invited to an informal workout, but at least he will get a realistic look by the Bucks’ talented coaching staff. The 6-foot-6 Tucker could be a great addition to Milwaukee’s roster considering there are currently only four guards on the depth chart.
Granted, Tucker is typically seen playing small forward but it would definitely be interesting to see him playing guard. Not to mention, the Bucks could use someone of his size to drive to the basket while also being able to knock down perimeter shots. One knock on Milwaukee is they lack size at the guard position but Tucker could change all of that, especially if he has improved his ball handling skills.
If Tucker is willing to transition to shooting guard then I am confident there is a spot available for him on the team. At the very last, the Bucks will have one more player that can play multiple different positions on the court, something head coach Scott Skiles looks for when scouting players.
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