Lakers news: Talen Horton-Tucker won't play in Summer League due to right foot injury
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Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker won’t play in Summer League due to right foot injury

Lakers, Talen Horton-Tucker

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Friday rookie small forward Talen Horton-Tucker won’t play in the 2019 Summer League due to a right foot injury.

Horton-Tucker has a stress reaction in his right foot. The Lakers open up Summer League play against the Chicago Bulls.

The Lakers got Talen Horton-Tucker with the 46th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft via the Orlando Magic. A Chicago native, Horton-Tucker played his college ball at Iowa State University. He averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in college while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Is Summer League important for rookies? Yes. Should Lakers fans freak out about this news? No. Horton-Tucker is a scorer. Scoring always translates to the NBA from college. The Lakers will have training camp and preseason play to acclimate Horton-Tucker to the NBA game. After all, Horton-Tucker will be practicing with two of the best players in the game everyday in LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Horton-Tucker played his high school ball at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, the same high school that Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker went to. The Lakers have time with this kid. There’s no need to rush his development.