PJ Tucker (HOU)
2018/19 stats: 82 GP, 7.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 APG
PJ Tucker is back with the Houston Rockets for the third consecutive season as expectations are as high as ever with the newfound duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Even at the age of 34, Tucker is still one of the best and most versatile defenders in the NBA.
This is where he makes his money and where his value for Houston comes from. You might think guarding the oppositions best player night in and night out would take a toll on his body, however Tucker has played in at least 81 regular season games over the past four seasons.
Myles Turner (IND)
2018/19 stats: 74 GP, 13.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 1.6 APG
Myles Turner is approaching year two of a four-year/$72 million contract extension he signed last October. Turner earned his money in year one of his deal by leading the league with 2.7 blocks per game and by upping his three-point percentage to a career high 38.8 percent. Turner is a true stretch-five, one of the more coveted positions in the sport. This Indiana team is in prime position to compete in the East and Myles Turner is a big part of that.