07/22/2021, 10:26 PM
Gets qualifying offer from Lakers
Horton-Tucker took on an expanded role as a sophomore in 2020-21 compared to his rookie season. In 20.1 minutes per game, he averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals. The 20-year-old will likely draw interest from a variety of teams, especially those in a rebuild. Horton-Tucker showed some intriguing upside during the 2020-21 preseason and during times where he saw extended run in the regular season. In the five games where he saw at least 30 minutes, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
06/02/2021, 6:57 AM
Carries Lakers in loopsided defeat
James was the only reliable scoring threat for the Lakers throughout the entire contest, but he lacked company this time around -- Los Angeles couldn't even reach the 90-point plateau as a team while losing by a 30-point margin. The star forward will have to carry the Lakers in Game 6 on Thursday and while the Lakers are on the brink of elimination, James can't be the one to blame for the team's struggles since he's averaging 22.6 points, 8.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game in the series so far.
06/02/2021, 6:53 AM
Double-doubles off bench
Horton-Tucker might have logged just 16 minutes off the bench, but he made the most of his opportunity -- especially after he had logged a combined 13 minutes so far in the playoffs while being absent in both Game 3 and Game 4. The former Iowa State standout shouldn't see heavy minutes given what's at stake for the Lakers in Game 6 on Thursday.