Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There weren't a lot of bright spots for the Lakers last year, as Los Angeles missed the playoffs despite adding LeBron James. Injuries and trade rumors proved to be their eventual downfall. However, one of the bright spots was Kuzma, who appeared in 70 games during his second season in the league. He averaged 18.7 points per game and was once again a weapon from behind the arc by averaging 1.8 three-pointers per contest. The problem was he only shot 30.3% on three-pointers, which was down from 36.6% during his rookie season. His rebounding numbers also declined while he provided very few contributions defensively. Still, he's going to remain one of the key offensive weapons on the team, especially after they dealt away much of their depth to acquire Anthony Davis. While the Lakers will still rely on Kuzma to provide spacing, it wouldn't be a surprise to see his scoring numbers and usage rate decline with Davis now in the fold. Rebounds might also be harder for him to come by with so much size on the floor around him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.11 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2017. Lakers exercised $1.97 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Lakers exercised $3.56 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Scoring goes missing in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 16, 2020
Kuzma ended with just four points (2-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 119-118 loss to Orlando.
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Kuzma struggled for the second straight game, managing just four points. The seven assists were a welcome surprise, especially given his previous season-high was just two. Despite the fact Anthony Davis (back) has missed the last week of action, Kuzma is still outside the top-150 in standard formats. Kuzma could have some short-term value as long as Davis remains on the sidelines but even that is only if you need points and threes.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After a three-season college stint at Utah in which he was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team during his junior campaign, Kuzma was drafted by the Lakers with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. After averaging 21.9 points with a 63.9 true shooting percentage at summer league, hype about Kuzma’s immediate potential began forming. That potential was realized right out of the gate, and Kuzma went on to post 16.1 points per game on 45.0 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent from deep. His 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest also helped him get voted to the All-Rookie First Team. However, given the new presence of LeBron James, plus the signing of Michael Beasley, it may be tough for Kuzma to reach the 31.2 minutes per game he saw last year. Still, it’s likely he'll be one of LA’s primary sources of offense with the second unit, which should keep his usage high.
Much of the discussion regarding the Lakers’ draft this past June understandably centered around their selection of a potential franchise point guard in Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, but Kuzma -- who was selected 27th overall selection by the Nets before being shipped to the Lakers -- looks like he could be more than a footnote. While Ball earned MVP honors and rave reviews for his elite passing during the Las Vegas Summer League, it was Kuzma who was routinely finishing off Ball’s array of lobs and outlet passes. The forward out of Utah came away with first-team honors in Las Vegas, averaging 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in seven contests. Summer statistics certainly aren’t a predictor of NBA stardom or even NBA usefulness, but Kuzma’s performance nonetheless improves his odds of cracking the Lakers’ rotation as a rookie. Kuzma is already receiving high marks for his ability to defend both small and power forwards and knock down shots from the outside, which could allow him to push Luol Deng and/or Larry Nance for minutes with the second unit coming out of training camp.
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Disappointing points production
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 14, 2020
Kuzma had just 11 points (5-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's 128-99 victory over Cleveland.
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Scores season-high 36 points
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 11, 2020
Kuzma erupted for a season-high 36 points (15-24 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and seven rebounds in 39 minutes during Saturday's 125-110 win against the Thunder.
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Will draw start Saturday
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 11, 2020
Kuzma will draw the start Saturday with Anthony Davis (back) out, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
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Scores season-high 26 points
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 11, 2020
Kuzma ended with 26 points (9-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes during Friday's 129-114 victory over the Mavericks.
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Joins starting five
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 10, 2020
Kuzma will start Friday's game at Dallas, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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