3. If Talen Horton-Tucker is ready for a role in the rotation
Talen Horton-Tucker is undoubtedly going to get a fair amount of playing time in this game. As it currently stands, THT is primed to be a backend rotation player with the potential to make an impact sooner than expected on the Lakers.
THT got a taste of playing time in the NBA bubble and we saw some really promising signs. He was good in the three scrimmages that were meant to get the teams back in shape and got some significant playing time in the final “seeding” games before the NBA Playoffs.
Heck, he even got some playing time in the NBA Playoffs in the blowout wins. It is clear that Frank Vogel and co. are high on THT (or else they would have traded him by this point) and he has a lot of future potential as a well-above-average defender because of his athleticism, range and length.
But is he ready? That is the main question that we have to answer. THT is still only 20 years old and absolutely has time on his side in terms of his progression. However, being around LeBron James and the Lakers last season could have been huge for his development and I would not be shocked if we see THT getting 15 minutes a game this season.
We will get our first taste of THT in this game and quite frankly, I would not be surprised if we knew after this game whether or not he will be part of the Lakers’ rotation this season.