It’s time for another trip inside the Australian basketball “Way-Back” machine when Dan Boyce interviews former Perth Wildcats, Melbourne Tigers and Cairns Taipans triple-double machine, Rashad Tucker.
Rashad exploded on to the NBL scene in 2003 when the Perth Wildcats added him to their roster as a mid-season replacement. He played well in his debut, but it was when Ricky Grace went down with an injury that Tucker took control of the team and the point guard spot and recorded six triple-doubles in one NBL season.
No player in NBL history has recorded 6 triple-doubles in a season and only one player (Rob Rose) ever had more than 6 in their entire careers… Rashad Tucker did it in one amazing season.
26th Nov. 2003 – 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists vs. West Sydney Razorbacks
29th Nov. 2003 – 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists @ Adelaide 36ers
11th Feb. 2004 – 13 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists vs. Townsville Crocodiles
18th Feb. 2004 – 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Brisbane Bullets
23rd Feb. 2004 – 19 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists vs. Hunter Pirates
28th Feb. 2004 – 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Victoria Giants
The game between the West Sydney Razorbacks resulted in West Sydney’s Sam MacKinnon recording a triple-double of his own (21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) making this game the only one in NBL history to have two players record a triple-double in the same game.
Rashad went on to play 139 games in the NBL, averaging 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal per game over his career.
He had his most successful season in 2006 when he teamed with Chris Anstey and Darryl McDonald to win the 2006 NBL championship with the Melbourne Tigers.
Most Triple Doubles In NBL History
13 – Robert Rose
6 – Rashad Tucker and Sam Mackinnon
5 – Darryl McDonald
4 – Steve Woodberry, Mark Leader, Andrew Gaze
3 – Scott Fisher, Ricky Grace, Leroy Loggins, Derek Rucker, Steve Woodberry
Rashad grew up playing basketball in Illinois and played college basketball at Southern Illinois where he finished as the fifth leading scorer in the school’s history.
Rashad had quite the international basketball career before he even reached Australia however, a career which included stints with;
1998/99: Siemens Gent – Belgium (stats: 22.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 6.4apg, 4spg)
1999/00: Dafni Athens – Greece (stats: 16.9ppg, in Dec.’99 was injured)
2000/01: Rockford Lightning – CBA/USA (stats: 13.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.6apg)
2001: Toros de Aragua (Venezuela)
2001/02: Aishin Sea Horses – Japan (stats: 21.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 4.5apg)
2002/03: Dakota Wizards – CBA/USA (stats: 18 games: 13.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg)
2003: Grand Rapids Hoops – CBA/USA (stats: 4 games: 7.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg)
2003: Brandt Hagen – Germany
2003/04: Perth Wildcats – NBL (stats: 28 games: 17.7ppg, 9.6rpg, 6.6apg, 1.3spg) 2004/05: Perth Wildcats – NBL (stats: 13 games: 17.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.9apg, 2.5spg)
In Dec.’04 moved to Melbourne Tigers
2004/05: Melbourne Tigers (stats: 18 games: 5.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg)
2005/06: Melbourne Tigers (stats: 31 games: 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg
2006/07: Melbourne Tigers (stats: 39 games: 14.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.2apg)
2007/08: Cairns Taipans (stats: 10 games: 8.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.2apg)
2008/09: Sendai 89ers – Japan (stats: 25 games: 11.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg)
2010: Waikato Pistons – New Zealand (stats: 9 games: 8.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.6apg)
2011: Forestville Eagles – Australia/ABA (stats: 22 games: 19.5ppg, 14.4rpg, 5.5apg)
2012: Forestville Eagles- Australia/ABA (stats: 20 games: 10.3ppg, 12.1rpg, 5.1apg)
Other topics which come up on the show include;
- The reasons he didn’t get along with Scott Fisher and what led to him leaving the Wildcats.
- He opens up about his failed drug tests while in the NBL and what he regrets about it.
- He shares insight into an altercation between the Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers which resulted in Dillon Boucher being punched in the mouth.
- His relationship with Majok Deng and how he is helping to develop Adelaide basketball stars for college and the NBL.
- Stopping the Sydney Kings from winning 4 NBL titles in a row in 2006.
- Thoughts on Chris Anstey as being one of the greatest to play the game.