Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Washington Wizards
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a down year during the 2019-20 season, Kuzma bounced back as he filled in for LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who both missed time with injuries. As for Kuzma's 2020-21 campaign, the 26-year-old averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 blocks. Kuzma hit 44.3 percent of his shots from the field and 36.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc. This upcoming season, Kuzma should see a much larger role on a Wizards team that lacks consistent scoring options behind Bradley Beal and the newly-acquired Spencer Dinwiddie. Kuzma finished last season with 25 games scoring at least 15 points, which is the scoring consistency the Wizards will expect from the ex-Laker. The forward will likely compete for minutes with Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija, which is much more favorable than his situation with the Lakers. Kuzma should see more production this season, as he'll likely be on the court more and will be able to take more shots. If Kuzma ends up in the Wizards starting lineup, it's possible his assist numbers see an increase since he'll be passing the ball to one of the league's best all-around scorers in Beal. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Lakers in December of 2020. Traded to the Wizards in July of 2021. Contract includes player option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Kyle Alexander Kuzma was born on July 24, 1995 in Flint, Michigan, to Karri Kuzma. He regards Larry Smith, who is the father of Kyle's younger brother and sister -- Andre and Briana -- as a father figure. Kuzma attended Bentley High School in Michigan, averaging 17.9 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior. In his senior season, he attended Rise Academy in Philadelphia and averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per contest. After high school, Kuzma went to the University of Utah, where he earned a degree in sociology. Kuzma frequently works with YMCAs in both Flint and in Los Angeles, and he donated more than 300 backpacks and school supplies to Flint students in need in 2019. He enjoys bowling in his free time. Learn more about Kuzma by following him on Twitter at @kylekuzma and on Instagram at @kuz. It took Kuzma a couple of seasons to establish himself at the University of Utah. He signed late and redshirted during the 2013-14 season. In his freshman season, the 6-foot-9 forward played sparingly off the bench but showed scoring potential in early-season wins over UC Riverside and Texas-Rio Grande Valley with a combined 33 points. Kuzma moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and opened the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds, the first of four double-doubles. The Utes advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and the forward had 15 points in a second-round loss to Gonzaga. The Flint, Michigan, native became the go-to scorer for coach Larry Krystkowiak in his third and final season with the team. He led Utah with 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. Kuzma had a career-high 26 points along with 12 rebounds in a win at Arizona State. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and applied for the 2018 NBA Draft following the season. Kuzma was selected with the 27th overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he was traded to the Lakers on draft night.

Racks up 18th double-double
FWashington Wizards
January 16, 2022
Kuzma produced 16 points (7-18 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 37 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
ANALYSIS
It's puzzling that Kyle Kuzma's odds of winning the league's Most Improved Player award aren't higher. His departure from Los Angeles to his new home has completely transformed his game. After Bradley Beal (COVID-19), Kuzma is the top producer for the Wizards, and his 18 double-doubles earn him a league rank of 16th in the category.
Read More News
Per Game
Total
Per 36
NBA Per Game Stats
Loading Per Game Stats...
NBA Total Stats
Loading Total Stats...
NBA Per 36 Stats
Loading Per 36 Stats...
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2021 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2020 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2019 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2018 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2017 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
Schedule
By Month
Starting/Off Bench
Days Rest
Vs Opp
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - By Month
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Starting/Off Bench
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Days Rest
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Vs Opp
Loading Split Stats...
Advanced Stats
Loading Advanced Stats...
Total
Per Game
Per 36
NBA Historical Fantasy Stats
How are these ratings calculated?
Our historical fantasy ratings are standard scores calculated using 8-Category settings with 12 teams and 13 players per team.
Loading Historical Fantasy Stats...
NBA Per Game Historical Fantasy Stats
Loading Per Game Historical Fantasy Stats...
NBA Per 36 Historical Fantasy Stats
Loading Per 36 Historical Fantasy Stats...
Wizards Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Wizards Rotation: Minutes Breakdown
Loading Wizards Rotation Data...
Average Fantasy Points
Average Fantasy Points are determined when Kyle Kuzma was active vs. non-active during the season. Click here to view average fantasy points for a different time period.
Minutes
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Average Minutes...
Loading FanDuel Points...
Loading DraftKings Points...
Loading Yahoo Points...
Loading FantasyDraft Points...
Loading Head2Head Points...
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kyle Kuzma
Handicapping the NBA: Wednesday Picks
4 days ago
Will Kyle Kuzma thrive against the shorthanded frontcourt of Orlando?
DraftKings Sportsbook: Wednesday Best Bets
4 days ago
Joe Bartel digs into Wednesday's offerings at the DraftKings Sportsbook for the NBA action. Chicago is surging but is Nikola Vucevic in for a tough night against Brooklyn?
NBA Observations: Klay is Back, Kyrie Debuts, Dame's Future, Slumping Steph and More
5 days ago
In this week's look at the top fantasy storylines around the league, Nick Whalen checks in on Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, a slumping (by his standards) Stephen Curry, and much more.
FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Value Plays
5 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco looks over Tuesday's slate as Stephen Curry leads the Warriors into a road clash with the Grizzlies.
DraftKings NBA: Tuesday Cheat Sheet
5 days ago
Dan Bruno checks out Tuesday's slate and expects Devin Booker to be at the top of his game in a road matchup against the Raptors.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
After two promising seasons with the Lakers to start his career, Kuzma saw declines across most statistical categories in 2019-20. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 boards, 1.4 threes and 1.3 assists across 25.0 minutes per contest -- the lowest marks of his career on all fronts. Kuzma's step backward wasn't surprising, as it coincided with Anthony Davis' arrival. With Davis in the lineup, Kuzma lost his starting gig and came off the bench for most of the season. He started only nine games, but in those contests, Kuzma averaged 32.4 minutes and better than 20 points, proving that he could still be a meaningful contributor when given the chance. Over the course of the season, Kuzma's shooting wasn't much different than his first two years, but other than rebounds, his per-36 averages were down across the board as well. Kuzma will have a difficult time picking up his production this season, and the new addition of Dennis Schroder -- a quality offensive player -- will likely complicate matters even further for Kuzma.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Just misses triple-double in win
FWashington Wizards
January 12, 2022
Kuzma had 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 victory over the Magic.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Continues excellent play
FWashington Wizards
January 11, 2022
Kuzma contributed 29 points (12-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-7 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 122-118 win over the Thunder.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Huge game in win over Magic
FWashington Wizards
January 9, 2022
Kuzma finished Sunday's 102-100 win over the Magic with 27 points (10-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 22 rebounds, one assist and one block in 38 minutes.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Explodes in win
FWashington Wizards
January 3, 2022
Kuzma had 36 points (13-26 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists and one steal over 41 minutes during Monday's 124-121 win over the Hornets. He also had five turnovers.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Explodes in win
FWashington Wizards
January 3, 2022
Kuzma had 36 points (13-26 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists and one steal over 41 minutes during Monday's 124-121 win over the Hornets. He also had five turnovers.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.