It’s safe to say at this point that Kyle Kuzma has been a steal for the Lakers. While shining in the Summer League, the success has translated to the regular season. The multi talented forward is averaging 17.4 on the season so far.
He also had a dominant streak through November and was awarded Rookie of the Month for his efforts. If he continues to have performances similar to his career night in Houston, there’s no doubt that he’ll earn All-Rookie honors.
Kuzma uses the motivation of being passed up in the draft on the floor, and it shows in his play. In this always evolving NBA, the demand for lengthy shooters is increasing. Also the ability for a player to guard multiple positions on the floor. The 6’9 forward fits the mold of the current NBA trend perfectly. He’s knocking down his attempts from three at a relatively average rate, shooting .405%.
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Although Lonzo Ball has been getting a lot of the hype, Kuzma is no stranger to the spotlight either. As mentioned before, his career night against the Rockets came just two days after retirement of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys. That night against the Warriors, Kuzma had a stellar performance shooting 4-6 from three and netting 25 points. Which carried over to their game in Houston where he started the game 6-6 from the field.
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Kuzma has turned himself into another solid foundation piece for the Lakers future. With the idea of a run and gun, up-tempo offense, you can see the flashes of what could be. A resurrection of Showtime Lakers. Still very young, you can see the amount of confidence that Kuzma, and the Lakers team show. They are stacked up against teams in one of the toughest divisions in the league and are competing at a high level.
With so much young budding talent in the NBA, Kuzma is another player to keep your eye on. It will be interesting to see how coach Luke Walton will split the time between him and Brandon Ingram going forward. But the team should feel comfortable that it has two solid options at the 3 and 4 positions.