Checking in on South Bay: Talen Horton-Tucker

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Horton-Tucker’s Slow Start to the Season:

The opening month of the season was a rough shooting one for the young prospect. In the 8 games he played through November, Horton-Tucker was averaging 11.6 points per game, on just a 33.3% conversion rate. Whilst his points (18.7) and shooting averages (39.2%) jumped up the following month, it still appeared that he was struggling to adapt offensively to the professional ranks. An understandable situation for the young guard.

A stress reaction in his right foot that kept him out of the entirety of the Lakers’ pre-season wouldn’t have helped things either. Plus, he had limited involvement in summer training camp as a result of the injury. That could very well explain the slow start to the season.

There were flashes of his scoring ability, however. A 22-point effort against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on November 14. A back-to-back 33 and 24-point outburst followed against the Stockton Kings (Dec 17) and Lakeland Magic (Dec 19), respectively.

Then, Horton-Tucker set a new career-high in the final game of the year, on December 31. Where he erupted for 35 points against the Texas Legends. Everything appeared to change from that point.

In the first half of the season, Horton-Tucker was shooting 36.2% from the field, and 28.7% from range. He had 4 games where he scored 20+ points, and on 2 occasions scored over 30.

Select the link below to navigate through the pages to see Talen Horton-Tucker’s progress this season.

NEXT: Horton-Tucker’s Progression in the Second Half of the Season