The perfect media storm is brewing in Los Angeles, and I don't think it's one any of us saw coming. Talen Horton-Tucker has arrived to completely rob Lebron, AD, or anybody else of the spotlight, because why not? The second year pro only appeared in six games his rookie year, but that is not stopping him. In three preseason games so far he's scored 19, 33, and 18, completely dominating Lakers preseason headlines. Will this guy actually get valuable minutes when games start to matter? Probably not, but that won't stop Bleacher Report and ESPN from getting on their knees for THT. We saw this happen last year with Caruso, and there's a chance this becomes worse. Look at this graph.
If you didn't notice, Alex Caruso is egregiously high on that list. How in the world is he getting more posts than guys like Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Bam Adebayo, or literally every single one of the players below him? That's a question that may never be answered, so it might be best if you just unfollow Bleacher Report and follow us, but it is a sign of things to come. If Caruso was getting that much attention last year, it can only mean Talen Horton-Tucker will recreate that digital success. The dude has three names, Lebron loves him, and the Lakers are going to be killing teams this season so he's guaranteed garbage time minutes. Every single one of his dunks or step-back threes when they're up by 30 will go viral and there's nothing we can do about it, this man is about to blow up. No, he will not deserve any of the recognition, but he will be getting it, and Lebron will never stop talking about how he was right about THT. It's time to prepare ourselves for the oncoming deception, because people are going to try to make you think he's a top-four Laker on the team by the end of the season. Let's remember that he isn't and probably never will be, no matter how much attention he gets this season. I'm sure he's a great guy and I'm not personally rooting against him by any means, but I know we're going to be seeing way more of him than we should.