Frank Vogel
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Frank Vogel opened up about the performance of Talen Horton-Tucker with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Vogel noted he has high expectations for Horton-Tucker and what he can offer to the defending champions.

“I think by the end of the playoffs last year, my expectations for this season were pretty high for him. So I wouldn’t say he’s exceeded my expectations.

He’s shown me over those three months in the bubble that he’s a hell of a basketball player. And (because) we had sort of an established rotation in the playoffs last year, most of that came in practice time and in a handful of games, a little bit during the Rockets series, but he showed me enough that he’s certainly good enough to be a rotation player and has a bright future.

And then this year he’s just sort of lived up to that expectation in my mind. He’s a hell of a player. We’ve got a deep team, we’re going to bring him along at the right pace, and hopefully we continue to see him grow,” Vogel said, via Silver and Screen and Roll.

Horton-Tucker is averaging 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21 games with the Lakers this season.