Trent Tucker
Personal information
Born (1959-12-20) December 20, 1959 (age 62)
Tarboro, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolFlint Northwestern (Flint, Michigan)
CollegeMinnesota (1978–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1982–1993
PositionShooting guard
Number32, 6
Career history
19821991New York Knicks
1991–1992San Antonio Spurs
1992–1993Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points6,236 (8.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,520 (2.0 rpg)
Assists1,532 (2.0 apg)
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Kelvin Trent Tucker (born December 20, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player who played eleven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

A 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) shooting guard, Tucker attended the University of Minnesota from 1978 to 1982, leading them to a Big Ten Conference championship in his senior year. He was then selected by the New York Knicks with the 6th overall pick of the 1982 NBA draft. One of the earliest three-point specialists, Tucker represented the Knicks in the first ever Three-point Shootout (1986), making it to the semifinals before being outpaced by Craig Hodges and eventual winner Larry Bird. Tucker would play nine seasons with the Knicks before joining the San Antonio Spurs in 1991, and after one season with the Spurs he joined the Chicago Bulls, who won the 1993 NBA Championship. He retired after that season, having tallied 6,237 career points and 1,532 career assists.[1]

The Trent Tucker Rule

Main article: Trent Tucker Rule

On January 15, 1990, when Tucker was with New York, with 0.1 of a second remaining in a game against the Chicago Bulls, he got off a wild three-point shot before the buzzer and made the basket. The shot counted and the Knicks won. After Bulls' coach Phil Jackson vociferously complained following the game, the NBA immediately established a rule, which states that 0.3 needs to be on the clock in order for a player to get a shot off whether they make it or not. Inside of 0.3 seconds, only a tip-in or a high lob would count.[2]

This rule is also used in 3x3 basketball.

Post-playing career

After retiring, Tucker worked as a broadcast analyst for Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games. He currently works for KFAN radio. Tucker has also been an active philanthropist; he founded the Trent Tucker Non-Profit Organization in 1998.[3] On April 15, 2013, Trent began his duties as Director of District Athletics for the Minneapolis, MN Public School District.

Tucker, however, resigned from his post as Director of District Athletics for the Minneapolis, MN Public School District on February 9, 2018 after "he didn’t see eye-to-eye with new district leadership."[4]


  1. ^ NBA stats. Retrieved on January 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Dennis D'Agostino. A Rule Book Legacy Archived 2013-12-23 at the Wayback Machine. December 21, 2006. Retrieved on January 2, 2009.
  3. ^ About Trent Tucker. The Trent Tucker Non-Proft Organization. Retrieved on January 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "FMR. MPLS. Athletic Director Opens up About Resignation". 2 March 2018.