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 just eight points in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 17, 2018
Kuzma had just eight points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, and two blocks in 27 minutes during Saturday's 130-117 loss to Orlando.
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Kuzma has now scored in single-digits in back-to-back games while failing to add any assists and just one steal. Kuzma is generally a solid source of points and three's but on nights his shot isn't falling, he can be more of a fantasy liability. He is a low-end standard league guy with a limited fantasy skillset.
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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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Solid on boards in win
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 12, 2018
Kuzma supplied 18 points (8-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two steals across 32 minutes in the Lakers' 107-106 win over the Hawks on Sunday.
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Gets hot from long range in win
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 8, 2018
Kuzma managed 21 points (8-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 33 minutes in the Lakers' 114-110 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
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Team-high scoring total in blowout loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
November 5, 2018
Kuzma supplied 24 points (10-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 32 minutes in the Lakers' 121-107 loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
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Will start Wednesday
FLos Angeles Lakers
October 31, 2018
Kuzma will draw the start on Wednesday against the Mavericks.
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Scores 15 points Saturday
FLos Angeles Lakers
October 28, 2018
Kuzma produced 15 points (6-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt), four rebounds, and one assist in 31 minutes during Saturday's 110-106 loss to San Antonio.
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