2019 NBA Draft Profile: Talen Horton-Tucker

06/12/2019 at 09:06pm

Talen Horton-Tucker ranks among the youngest and most uniquely versatile prospects in this draft class with his combination of length, strength, and playmaking ability. A consensus top-75 prospect in the high school class of 2018 out of Simeon Career Academy, Horton-Tucker emerged as an instant contributor within Steve Prohm’s high powered offense at Iowa State. Exceeding expectations, the Chicago native averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game recording several strong individual performances over the course of the season.

  • Has unique dimensions for a player at any level measuring at just 6’4 in shoes with a massive 7’1.25 wingspan and a strong 235-pound frame that still has room to improve. Not especially explosive as an athlete but flashes promising footwork and some quickness for his size that could develop as his frame improves.

  • Played a unique role for an Iowa State team that played four perimeter players who could all shoot and pass. Did much of his damage as a floor spacing four, but also ran some pick and roll and pushed the ball in the open floor serving as a point-forward of sorts.

Shot Charts

PlayType Analysis

  • Versatile player who proved to be a nice fit in Iowa State’s system. Had many of his best moments pushing the ball in Transition showing the ability to grab and go off a rebound. Scored 0.947 points per Transition possession [36th percentile] making some creative layups in close, but making his best contributions as a passer. Has nice vision for a burly forward.

  • Got a third of his possessions from Spot Ups regularly luring opposing big men out to the perimeter playing power forward. Scores a solid 1.111 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [69th percentile]. Has fairly reliable mechanics and some natural improving to do as he was quite effective while not making shots consistently when left wide open. Took a lot of pull-up jumpers and scored in bunches on his best shooting nights, but found mixed results off the dribble.

  • Most comfortable getting downhill when he puts the ball on the floor to drive settling for few mid-range jumpers. Can pass on the move, handle creatively, and scored 1.069 points per shot around the rim in the half court [41st percentile]. Not especially swift to the rim, but has the strength, length, and ball handling ability to present a mismatch for some defenders.

  • Ranked 5th in the Big 12 in Transition scoring (3.1 ppg)

Defensive Analysis

  • Still figuring things out defensively as with most players his age, but has the length to make some plays - surprising offensive players with his length. Has nice instincts in the passing lanes, but room to improve his fundamentals and consistency both on and off the ball.

  • Allowed a nearly identical 0.774 points per Post Up possession [59th percentile] and 0.759 points per Isolation possession [52nd percentile] as he may have a lot of growth.