The Los Angeles Lakers are six games into the NBA season and are still buzzing about the potential of Talen Horton-Tucker despite limited playing time. The second-year pro got a chance to get some extended minutes on the court in Friday’s win after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sprained his ankle and while he wasn’t quite as explosive as his preseason outings, he held his own in that setting.
After the game, Horton-Tucker once again got the praise of his superstar teammates. Anthony Davis raved about his ability to play like “he’s been in the league for a while” while proclaiming “we got a steal in the draft” with him. LeBron James, meanwhile, had a more measured response, talking about the expected mistakes that a player of his age commits on the court but that the team will “live with” them so long as he is developing:
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 2, 2021
Horton-Tucker finished the game with five points and two blocks in about 14 minutes, continuing to show he can be a contributor when called upon. With Caldwell-Pope questionable to play on Sunday – and Alex Caruso still out under the NBA’s health and safety protocol – there’s a chance that the 20-year-old will get some major minutes in the backcourt alongside Dennis Schroder and Wesley Matthews.
THT is still probably not all the way to the point where he can consistently play big minutes for a team with championship aspirations. But the Lakers have the luxury of a loaded and experienced roster that can not only aid him in practice but can limit the damage of his mistakes during games. That gives Horton-Tucker the perfect situation to continue to develop and become the player the Lakers seem to have a lot of faith he can be.