Talen Horton-Tucker

Talen Horton-Tucker

21-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Horton-Tucker showed considerable growth last season, upping his season averages to 9.0 points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals over 20.1 minutes per game. He emerged as one of the team's primary contributors when both LeBron James and Anthony Davis were forced to sit out with injury. For instance, during a nine-game stretch from April 2-19, THT posted per-game averages of 14.3 points, 3.8 dimes, 3.7 boards and 1.9 thefts. The Iowa State product's development earned him a three-year, $32 million contract from the organization in the offseason, and he'll presumably be the youngest player on the 15-man roster again next season. On most teams, a multi-year commitment to a rising talent would equate to ample playing time, but the Lakers have their eye on an NBA title and reloaded in the backcourt this summer, adding Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn, Wayne Ellington, Malik Monk and Rajon Rondo. As such, Horton-Tucker may struggle to carve out enough playing time to make him a viable fantasy option. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $19.76 million contract with the Lakers in August of 2021. Lakers exercised $11.02 million player option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Talen Jalee Horton-Tucker was born in Chicago on November 25, 2000 to Shirley Horton and Marlin Tucker. He attended St. Matthias Elementary School, where he had his No. 5 jersey retired. Horton-Tucker attended high school at Simeon Career Academy. As a senior, he averaged 20.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. He led Simeon to three straight City Championships. Horton-Tucker garnered a number of accolades during his high-school career. He was named a USA Today All-USA Boys Basketball Third-Team All-American and was selected USA Today Illinois Player of the Year. He was also an All-USA Illinois Boys Basketball First-Team Selection and was the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year. Learn more about Horton-Tucker by following him on Twitter at @Thortontucker and on Instagram at @5talen. After leading Simeon High School in Chicago to three straight Illinois state titles, Horton-Tucker went to Iowa State to play for coach Steve Prohm. Despite spending just one season with the Cyclones, the 6-foot-4 guard showed off a diverse array of skills, providing 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He started all but one game (on Senior Night). Horton-Tucker had a breakout game against Illinois in the Maui Invitational with 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. He scored 20 points or more five times during the season but never eclipsed the 26-point mark again. The guard helped the Cyclones win the Big 12 Tournament Championship with averages of 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds. After the season, Tucker-Horton declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 46th overall pick.

Fails to capitalize
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 30, 2021
Horton-Tucker posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 16 minutes during Tuesday's 117-92 win over the Kings.
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Horton-Tucker failed to make the most of his starting opportunity with LeBron James (COVID-19 protocols) sidelined. However, with the Lakers pulling away big in the second half, partially through Malik Monk's 22 points, Horton-Tucker wasn't really needed on the court late. Moving forward, he should have better performances while James remains shelved.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
A second-round pick out of Iowa State in 2019, Horton-Tucker spent much of his rookie season in the G League, but he made the most of his opportunities at the NBA level. Horton-Tucker appeared in four consecutive seeding games in the NBA bubble, logging three double-digit scoring performances, including a 14-point, four-rebound, three-assist, three-steal performance in the Lakers' final tune-up before the playoffs. Entering Year 2, the 20-year-old has drawn rave reviews from his Lakers teammates, as well as the coaching staff. With a pair of impressive preseason performances under his belt, Horton-Tucker has the makings of a potential second-round steal. The question is whether he'll find consistent minutes for the Lakers, who added more depth in the offseason. In the short term, Horton-Tucker is more of a draft-and-stash candidate, but his long-term upside is extremely intriguing.
A 6-foot-4, 237-pound freshman out of Iowa State, Horton-Tucker landed on the Lakers with the 46th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team, Horton-Tucker averaged 11.8 points on 10.9 shots, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals across 27.2 minutes, starting 34 of his 35 appearances. Arguably his best game against an in-conference opponent occurred during an 83-66 victory over Butler in the Big 12 Tournament, with Horton-Tucker posting 21 points on 15 shots, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes. Considering the Lakers have a deep wing rotation and are in win-now mode, it seems unlikely Horton-Tucker will secure a spot as an every-night player. There's a strong chance he sees most of his minutes in the G League as a rookie.
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Starting with LeBron out
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 30, 2021
Horton-Tucker will start Tuesday's game against the Kings, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
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Quiet again
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 25, 2021
Horton-Tucker had eight points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals over 29 minutes in a 124-116 win over the Pacers on Wednesday.
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Starting with LeBron suspended
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 23, 2021
Horton-Tucker will start Tuesday's matchup against the Knicks, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
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Coming off bench
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 21, 2021
Horton-Tucker will come off the bench Sunday against Detroit, Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
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Comes back to earth in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 20, 2021
Horton-Tucker struggled in Friday's 130-108 loss to the Celtics to the tune of two points (0-6 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and three assists across 27 minutes.
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