Talen Horton-Tucker
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ sophomore Talen Horton-Tucker saw his role grow significantly on the team since last season. He appeared in just 6 regular season games for the Lakers last year while this season he has already 35 games. Becoming an important part of the team’s rotation has also helped the 20-year-old guard earn the trust of LeBron James.

The four-time NBA champion was asked about players that earned his trust to perform come the playoffs. “Talen,” LeBron responded. “He’s new. He got a little bit of minutes last year but he’s new. We got veterans in Trezz [Montrezl Harrell] I know he’ll be ready, I know Dennis [Schroder] will be ready, I know Marc [Gasol] would be ready for the postseason run. But Talen is new pretty much to an extended season. I know that he’l be ready for it as well.”

This season Horton-Tucker is averaging 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 17.7 minutes per game.

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