Horton-Tucker, who does not turn 19 until November, was the No. 46 overall pick in June's draft. The Lakers purchased the pick from the Orlando Magic as they attempted to round out their roster following the Anthony Davis trade, which left them needing to count every penny as they looked to add rotation pieces.
Horton-Tucker will be a developmental piece who will likely spend most of his rookie season in the G League or waving a towel as the Lakers compete for a championship. He entered the draft after an uneven season at Iowa State that saw him average 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 40.6 percent shooting.
"Teams were saying they know I'm a better shooter [than that]," Horton-Tucker told Lakers reporter Mike Trudell of what he's been working on. "Just staying consistent in the gym and getting better ... that's been the key focus for me in the pre-draft process. I feel like I did that."
While Horton-Tucker is 6'4", he has a massive 7'1" wingspan and wide 233-pound frame that makes him able to defend at least three positions capably. He said his versatility was the thing that attracted him most to teams.
"Keeping it versatile ... you gotta be able to do a lot of different things on the court," Horton-Tucker said. "Just get better every day is the most important thing, so I'm just gonna keep doing that."
Many expected Horton-Tucker to land in the first round, so the Lakers may have gotten a steal. They're not expecting him to develop into a superstar, so it'll be a win if he becomes a solid bench piece.