Best Season as a Knick: 1986-87, 11.4 PPG, 1.7 Steals Per Game, .470/.422/.762 Shooting
My favorite thing about Trent Tucker is that his last name rhymes with my favorite word. In all seriousness though, Trent Tucker’s Knick career is almost forgotten. The thing that hurts him most is the time period when he played. He missed the Golden Ages of Knicks basketball. He came along a decade after the championship teams of the early 70s and his career ended before the Riley/Van Gundy playoff teams.
The Knicks drafted Tucker with the 6th overall pick in the 1982 draft. He played his college ball at Minnesota. He played 9 years for the Knicks until being traded to the Spurs in 1991. He never lived up to being the 6th pick of the draft, but still had a nice career.
His role was mostly as a shooter coming off the bench as a 6th man. He was what we now call a “three point specialist”. For four straight seasons he was top 10 in the league in 3 point %. He also made the semifinals of a three point shooting contest, eventually getting knocked out by Craig Hodges and Larry Bird.
His most memorable and greatest moment as a Knick was his game winning 3 point shot with .1 left against the Bulls in 1990. This shot actually had a historical impact. It led to the league establishing the rule that .3 needs to be on the clock in order for a shot to count.
It is pretty impressive for any player to be responsible for a rule change. Additionally, Tucker will always be remembered because Knick television broadcasts show the shot several times during the season.
By Rob Bonanni