Talen Jalee Horton–Tucker (//; born November 25, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Horton-Tucker played college basketball for the Iowa State Cyclones.
Born in Chicago, Horton–Tucker was raised on the Northside of Chicago in the Uptown neighborhood. Horton–Tucker is the son of Shirley Horton and Marlin Tucker. For elementary school, Horton–Tucker attended St. Matthias Elementary School in Chicago, where he had his No. 5 jersey retired.
High school career
Horton–Tucker played at Simeon Career Academy where he helped the Wolverines to three straight City Championships. A four-star recruit in ESPN's ranking, he committed to Iowa State in October 2017, choosing the Cyclones over schools such as Illinois and Xavier.
On November 20, 2018, Horton–Tucker scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a win against Illinois. As a freshman, Horton–Tucker averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 27 minutes per game. Horton–Tucker declared for the 2019 NBA draft after his freshman season.
Los Angeles Lakers (2019–present)
On June 20, 2019, Horton–Tucker was selected as the 46th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. He was traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a 2020 second round draft pick and cash considerations. On July 13, 2019, Horton–Tucker signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was assigned to the Lakers’ NBA G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, for the opening of the G League season. He made his NBA debut on December 8, 2019, against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He received a larger role during the NBA Bubble as the Lakers had clinched the best record in the Western Conference and even started in the regular season finale. On September 12, 2020, Horton-Tucker scored 9 points in 10 minutes off the bench in Game 5 of Western Conference semifinals, helping the Lakers secure a 119-96 victory against the Houston Rockets and advance into the next round. Horton-Tucker won an NBA championship when the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals in 6 games. He became the second-youngest player in NBA history to win a championship, at 19 years and 322 days.
After a strong preseason, Horton-Tucker became a regular rotational player in the 2020-21 regular season. On January 10, 2021, he scored a career-high 17 points off the bench in the team's 120–102 win over the Houston Rockets. On February 4, 2021, he scored 17 points off the bench in the team's 114-93 win over the Denver Nuggets.
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