Talen Horton-Tucker is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. He has an NBA Champion as he was part of the Los Angeles Lakers team that won the 2020 NBA Championships.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Talen Jalee Horton-Tucker was born on November 25, 2000, in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. A right-handed shooting guard, he stands 193 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 106 kg.
He attended the St Matthias Elementary School where he played basketball. The school retired the No.5 jersey number in his honor.
High School and College Career
For high school, he attended the Simeon Career Academy. He helped the team with 3 City Championships. He was considered a four-star recruit and he received a number of scholarship offers including those from Xavier and the University of Illinois.
He committed to play for Iowa State University and stayed with them from 2018 to 2019. While there, he was named to the 2019 Big-12 All-Freshman Team.
He was drafted into the NBA during the 2019 NBA Draft, chosen by the Orlando Magic. On draft night, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. For a while, he was assigned to play with the South Bay Lakers. He did not make his NBA debut until December 2019.
He was a part of the team that won the 2020 NBA Championships. He is the second youngest player in the history of the NBA to win a championship.
In October 2021, the Lakers announced that he was undergoing surgery on his right thumb. In 2022, he was almost traded to the Toronto Raptors.
- 2020 - NBA champion
- 2019 - Big 12 All-Freshman Team