After spending his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Talen Horton-Tucker was sent to the Utah Jazz in the summer as both teams reworked their rosters and planned their futures.
Sadly, many fans thought they wouldn’t see much of Horton-Tucker for a while since the Jazz were obviously in a huge rebuilding process that would take years.
But the Jazz have impressed just about everyone and have started the season in an explosive and shocking fashion.
They now sit at 8-3 and are becoming a must-watch team.
— Overtime (@overtime) November 7, 2022
On Sunday night the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers in another strong performance.
Horton-Tucker was front and center for some of it, including one play where he was moving so quickly that Marcus Morris couldn’t keep up and literally got spun around.
Horton-Tucker was fast, exciting, and unpredictable.
In other words, he was just like the rest of the Jazz this season.
The Talented Talen
There was a time when it looked like Horton-Tucker could be the future of the Lakers.
But his output last season dropped a bit and the Lakers instead used him as a trade asset.
Since coming to Utah, he has averaged 6.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.4 in just 16 minutes a game (he has yet to start for the Jazz).
Horton-Tucker still has room to grow and when he has moments like the one against Morris, people see just how impressive he could be.
The Jazz are definitely doing far better than the rest of the league expected so it remains to be seen how much time they give Horton-Tucker to nurture and grow his skills.
But if he gives the team a few more plays like this one on Sunday, he might get a lot more time on the floor.