Los Angeles Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker stands out in mid-season camp

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker has received praise from Frank Vogel.

Among the many players (old and new) that reported to the bubble in striking conditions despite the hiatus, Los Angeles LakersTalen Horton-Tucker is the one that most quietly showed up in unexpected great shape.

Frank Vogel declared he was surprised by the rookie, who’s had a great camp.

Horton-Tucker, who averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.4 steals in 38 G League games, arrived in Orlando visibly slimmer. Although we do not have any official number, he has definitely shed a few pounds. When the eye-test is what strikes, the change is substantial. Multiple photos showing the forward working out with the team prove the improvement in his body.

Vogel also added that he worked hard on his shot through the year and the hard work has paid off. He’s playing with confidence and beyond his years in the bubble’s workouts.

Talen Horton-Tucker represents the future for the Los Angeles Lakers.

THT, represented by Rich Paul, was drafted 46th overall by the Lakers and arrived in Los Angeles with the expectation to possibly become some kind of versatile defender thanks to his footwork, long arms (7’1″ wingspan standing at 6’4″) and strong frame.

Now, with his new silhouette and rapidly developed skills, he could aim at being something more, and turn out a welcomed surprise for LA. As the second-youngest player in the NBA, at 19 years old, Tucker has room to grow and time to further develop his body.

Thanks to the bubble he had the chance to play some NBA minutes during the scrimmage games, averaging 3.5 points in 17 minutes in two games.

The Los Angeles Lakers are on a path to the championship, so he cannot expect to receive much playing time in this shortened restart and the upcoming playoffs, but the praises by his head coach are what counts the most. They mean he has the chance to carve a role in the rotations for the future.

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The 19-year-old guard did not arrive to the NBA ready to play big minutes and have a big impact right from the gate, but with a few years of development, he could become a reliable role player with a much sought after combination of skills.