Horton-Tucker misses NBA Summer League, Shayok makes early splash


Mikinna Kerns/Iowa State Daily

Former Iowa State guard Marial Shayok was drafted in the second round and 54th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers of the 2019 NBA Draft.

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After being drafted in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, Talen Horton-Tucker and Marial Shayok had vastly different summers from one another.

While Shayok played well in the NBA Summer League, Horton-Tucker was shut down before his summer league even began.

Horton-Tucker was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 46th pick of the NBA Draft. During the NBA Combine, it was discovered Horton-Tucker had a stress fracture in one of his feet.

Despite not working out for the Lakers, Horton-Tucker, who shares the same agent as teammates LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, was selected by the team.

Due to the injury, the Lakers withheld Horton-Tucker from the California Classic and then the Las Vegas Summer League.

Moving into the NBA season, the Lakers are now quite deep at shooting guard after adding Danny Green and Quinn Cook to the position, which already had Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, Horton-Tucker and 2019 undrafted free agent Zach Norvell Jr. The Lakers also have the opportunity to re-sign Alex Caruso, who is a restricted free agent.

While Horton-Tucker missed the entire summer league, Shayok quickly made an impact for the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected Shayok with the 54th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, summer league team.

The Big 12’s second leading scorer from last season came off of the bench for the 76ers in his summer league debut, and scored 19 points to lead the team on 53.8% shooting from the floor and 50% shooting from three.

The following game Shayok started, and finished with 14 points on 50% shooting.

For the 76ers summer league team, Shayok was able to stand out despite lobbying for shots with 2019 first-round pick Matisse Thybulle from Washington, 2018 first-round pick Zaire Smith and another 54th-overall pick in Shake Milton, who split time between the G-League and 76ers last season.

Aside from the aforementioned players, Furkan Korkmaz and Josh Richardson occupy roster spots at the shooting guard position for the 76ers. It will be difficult for Shayok to make the 15-man roster for the 76ers. As a result, Shayok, like Milton before him, will likely split time between the NBA and G-League.

As both Shayok and Horton-Tucker were drafted by teams who now figure to be contenders for the NBA Championship next season, both players will sparingly see the floor in the NBA.