It wasn’t long ago that not many people knew who Talen Horton-Tucker was. He came to the Los Angeles Lakers as a second-round pick and didn’t play at a big school. After getting a chance to see the court with the Lakers, he’s become a household name.
Alex Caruso was everybody’s fan-favorite last year and it looks like Horton-Tucker has taken the mantle this year. The 20-year-old guard went from playing in just six games last season to 50 so far this year. Horton-Tucker grew up in Chicago, Illinois when Derrick Rose was a superstar playing for the Bulls and even attended one of his basketball camps when he was a kid. On Monday, the Lakers played Rose’s New York Knicks, which gave Horton-Tucker the chance to play against his former idol.
A picture of Rose with a young Horton-Tucker started making the rounds on social media and the young guard was able to respond.
It’s been quite a journey for Horton-Tucker. After barely making an NBA team, he’s now a key player for the defending champions playing with and against people who he used to watch as a kid.