Simply because he was a poor match with the Lakers doesn’t imply he lacks expertise, and Horton-Tucker definitely has an opportunity to be a greater participant than Beverley ever was. The Jazz are betting that giving him a runway for a much bigger position would possibly carry out the most effective in him, permitting Utah to reap the long-term rewards.
Horton-Tucker shouldn’t be a three-and-D participant, however that’s what the Lakers wanted him to be, in order that’s the position they requested him to play. He’s, nevertheless, a talented play-maker, showcasing a knack for stepping into the lane with an array of behind-the-backs, crossovers and spin strikes. He’s significantly adept at altering tempo on the fly, which is a troublesome ability to show.
A strong however unspectacular athlete, Horton-Tucker’s main attribute at this level is his capacity to get to his spots, particularly across the basket, although he hasn’t been the most effective at changing when he does — he shot 57 p.c on the rim final season, which was within the 31st percentile of all gamers, per DunksAndThrees.com. Like Beverley, Horton-Tucker is a Chicago native who performs with a bodily edge, and he shows with a stage of fearlessness that’s spectacular to look at.
He has proven some nascent capacity as a passer as nicely, particularly off a stay dribble, and will realistically common five-plus assists for Utah contemplating the dearth of high quality passers on the roster, particularly if Mike Conley is traded. Horton-Tucker can be a strong off-ball cutter, one thing he was capable of showcase a bit extra a few years in the past when enjoying with Marc Gasol, a wonderful passing heart who might house the ground.
Horton-Tucker wants work defensively — he has the bodily instruments to be efficient, however he’s liable to errors, particularly off the ball. He’s typically gradual to rotate as a assist defender and is somewhat reach-happy on the ball, however these are fixable errors.
THT has an $11M participant choice for 2023-2024, and there’s an inexpensive likelihood that he picks it up, relying on how he performs subsequent season. The Jazz may have his Chook rights in the event that they’d wish to maintain him round.
The eighth decide of the 2015 draft, Johnson hasn’t developed into the participant scouts thought he may very well be, and he’s unlikely to have a lot of a task for Utah. With the Mitchell deal full, the Jazz may have 17 gamers on assured offers, and that quantity must be minimize down to fifteen by the beginning of the common season, so Johnson’s spot on the roster is way from safe.
Neither Horton-Tucker (-0.5) nor Johnson (-0.2) made a lot of an impression on successful final season, with each rating within the backside 100 within the league in worth over alternative participant, per Basketball-Reference. Beverley, in the meantime, recorded a career-best 1.7 VORP, good for 65th within the NBA.
There are a number of different superior stats that point out the identical factor, with Beverley posting extra win shares (4.1) than THT and Johnson mixed (2.9). Beverley’s estimated plus/minus was +2.0, which ranked 68th within the league, per DunksAndThrees.com, whereas Horton-Tucker (-2.4, ranked 327th) and Johnson (-1.2, ranked 248th) had been each web negatives by that metric. I might go on, however you get the purpose.
Finally, contemplating the Jazz are attempting to lose in 2022-2023 and the Lakers are attempting to win, it was a logical commerce for either side.