Talen Horton-Tucker

Talen Horton-Tucker

23-Year-Old GuardG
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2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $19.76 million contract with the Lakers in August of 2021. Traded to the Jazz in August of 2022. Exercised $11.02 million player option for 2023-24 in June of 2023.
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.

Hits for team-high 24
GUtah Jazz
April 10, 2024
Horton-Tucker finished with 24 points (10-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 32 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 111-95 loss to Denver.
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The 23-year-old guard led the Jazz in scoring on the night as he saw big minutes in the absence of Collin Sexton (illness), Jordan Clarkson (back) and Kris Dunn (foot). Horton-Tucker has scored 12 or more points in each of his last three games, draining multiple three-pointers in each, and he figured to hang onto a significant role in the backcourt over the final few games of the regular season.
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How does Talen Horton-Tucker compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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50.3%
 
Effective Field Goal %
46.0%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
39.1%
 
Free Throw Rate
23.4%
 
Offensive Rebound %
2.3%
 
Defensive Rebound %
10.8%
 
Total Rebound %
6.6%
 
Assist %
25.5%
 
Steal %
1.9%
 
Block %
1.7%
 
Turnover %
8.6%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
20.7
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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Horton-Tucker was overvalued in his days with the Lakers, but we finally saw some of that promise play out in Utah last year. THT was one of the best players for the Jazz over the final months of last season, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.7 blocks across his final 24 games. Those nearly double up his season-long averages, but that sort of production is what has fantasy managers gawking. What's unclear is his role in this Utah offense. Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen missed most of those final two months, and we saw this team add John Collins in the offseason. We have to assume THT will return to a bench role behind Sexton and Jordan Clarkson -- both are high-usage guards. Ochai Agbaji also emerged as a defensive stopper last year, and it looks like Horton-Tucker will have trouble reaching 25 minutes as long as all of these guys stay healthy. In a 25-minute role in 2021-22, THT averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. There's no doubt that Horton-Tucker is talented and will be useful at times next season, but he should only be drafted in deeper formats.
After a promising sophomore campaign with the Lakers, Horton-Tucker was given a two-year, $19.8 million contract in August 2021. The team was let down, however. While Horton-Tucker's counting stats mostly improved -- partially due to increased playing time -- he shot just 41.6 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three. In win-now mode, the Lakers decided to move on from the young wing and trade him to the rebuilding Jazz. With Utah, Horton-Tucker should have increased opportunities to develop and show off his skillset rather than being a pure role player next to LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. There's a scenario where Horton-Tucker is worth taking a flier on in standard leagues, but that will depend on who's on the roster before the season starts.
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.
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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Leads from bench with 17 points
GUtah Jazz
April 6, 2024
Horton-Tucker closed with 17 points (5-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 26 minutes during Friday's 131-102 loss to the Clippers.
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Status quo performance
GUtah Jazz
March 19, 2024
Horton-Tucker contributed seven points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), one rebound, three assists and two steals over 19 minutes during Monday's 114-104 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Logs 20 minutes in loss
GUtah Jazz
March 2, 2024
Horton-Tucker racked up seven points (1-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one block across 20 minutes during Saturday's 126-120 loss to Miami.
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Sees playing time in blowout loss
GUtah Jazz
January 24, 2024
Horton-Tucker posted eight points (2-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in eight minutes during Tuesday's 153-124 loss to New Orleans.
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Sees minutes late in loss
GUtah Jazz
January 5, 2024
Horton-Tucker amassed 11 points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), one rebound and two steals across 12 minutes during Friday's 126-97 loss to the Celtics.
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Remains trade candidate
GUtah Jazz
November 29, 2023
Horton-Tucker is a candidate to be traded by the Jazz at some point, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
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The Jazz are believed to be in the market for a veteran point guard early in the regular season, and Horton-Tucker has an expiring contract that makes him a candidate to be traded. Horton-Tucker has come off the bench in his last nine appearances, averaging 8.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game during that time.
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