Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Scores 32 points in Thursday's win
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 17, 2019
Kuzma collected 32 points (11-20 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 36 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win against the Thunder.
Kuzma was spectacular, contributing in every category except blocks while scoring 30-plus points for the fifth time this season. Moreover, he matched his career high in steals, and continues to keep the team afloat in the absence of LeBron James (groin). With James sidelined through Monday, Kuzma will remain the go-to offensive option for at least two more tilts.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Double-doubles in victory
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 16, 2019
Kuzma supplied 16 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists across 31 minutes in the Lakers' 107-100 win over the Bulls on Tuesday.
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Another prolific night in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 14, 2019
Kuzma delivered 29 points (11-23 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-9 FT), nine rebounds and four assists across 36 minutes in the Lakers' 101-95 loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday.
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Struggles in loss Friday
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 12, 2019
Kuzma finished with 11 points (4-18 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 36 minutes during Friday's 113-95 loss to the Jazz.
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Explodes for career-high point tally
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 10, 2019
Kuzma tallied 41 points (16-24 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and two rebounds across 29 minutes in the Lakers' 113-100 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
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Struggles from field in return
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 8, 2019
Kuzma (back) logged 37 minutes and finished with 13 points (4-20 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds and three assists Monday in the Lakers' 107-97 triumph over the Mavericks.
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