After just two preseason games before the start of the 2020-21 NBA campaign, Talen Horton-Tucker has surprised more than one person who was not a huge fan of the player’s first year in the G League , seeing minutes in the rotation. of the South Bay Lakers.
The second-year player has far exceeded the expectations the franchise has of him, and continues to impress everyone, including LeBron James, his teammate at the Lakers and at the Klutch Sports agency.
James spoke highly of Horton-Tucker in the teleconference media spotlight Tuesday, before catching a plane to face the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night. “First of all, obviously in basketball we can see what he’s capable of,” James said. “He’s 20 years old, he hasn’t even scratched the surface of what he’s going to be.”
“I saw it about three or four years ago. I was watching a high school basketball game and I told my agent Rich Paul, who is also his agent now. ‘You need to take a look at this Talen Horton-Tucker kid that’s in Simeon, he’s super talented.’ You see what it is doing now, and it will continue to improve as the days go by. He has the opportunity to practice against us veterans and he is going to do really good things in this League for a long time. “
Although it’s just the preseason, and it’s not known if Horton-Tucker will play a major role in the team once the regular season begins, the 20-year-old has definitely drawn attention in the league to earn a spot in the team’s rotation. .
The Lakers have one of the deepest teams in the NBA, and Frank Vogel with his coaching staff will have a big “problem” trying to get Horton-Tucker minutes . The youngster could end up taking some of the minutes away from the veteran players on the team, if he continues to show his full potential.