The 3 Young Lakers Who Could Shine in Orlando

Talen Horton-Tucker

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Before being drafted in the second round by the Purple and Gold in the 2019 NBA Draft, Horton-Tucker played a single year at Iowa State. In the 35 games he played with the Iowa State Cyclones THT averaged 11.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.3 APG and 1.3 SPG as they went 23-12, going to the NCAA tournament as the 6th seed and losing to the 11th seed Ohio State.

After declaring for the 2019 draft, he was projected to be selected on the very fringe of the second round. Some outlets even had him going undrafted. But the Lakers saw potential in his length (7’1″ wingspan) and his fiercely competitive nature. This resulted in LA spending some cash and a 2020 second-round pick in order to acquire the right to draft the defensively gifted freshman.

In his time under contract with the LA Lakers, Horton-Tucker has spent a great deal of time with the South Bay Lakers (The Lakers G-League affiliate). In his 38 games in the NBA’s development league, THT averaged 18.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.9 APG and 1.4 SPG in 38 appearances. The fact his stats have taken a step forward since college is extremely promising, many sources report that the G-League is extremely competitive and is full of talent looking to make it into the NBA. For Horton-Tucker to not only hold form but improve, is an excellent result for the Lakers.

Prior to the restart of the regular season schedule, Horton-Tucker played in two of the three scrimmage games the Lakers took part in. In the first game against the Dallas Mavericks, he scored an unimpressive 4 points on 2/6 from the field in the 13 minutes he played. He then wouldn’t play again until the Lakers met the Washington Wizards in their third scrimmage game, he would pay 21 minutes as he shot 1/6 from the field and finished with 3. He would show some defensive promise, however, grabbing 2 steals in the game.

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