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. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Scoring woes in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
March 14, 2019
Kuzma totaled just seven points (3-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and a steal over 30 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Raptors on Thursday.
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Kuzma had a dreadful shooting night en route to his lowest point total since Jan. 2 though his rebounds and assists helped to offset the lack of production in the scoring department. Kuzma is averaging a solid 18.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season, and he'll look to get back on track Sunday against the Knicks.
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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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Looks solid in return
FLos Angeles Lakers
March 13, 2019
Kuzma scored 21 points (9-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 123-107 win over the Bulls.
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Will play vs. Chicago
FLos Angeles Lakers
March 12, 2019
Kuzma (ankle) has been cleared to play Tuesday against the Bulls, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
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Goes through full practice
FLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
March 11, 2019
Kuzma (ankle) went through a full practice Monday, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
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Ruled out Saturday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
March 9, 2019
Kuzma (ankle) won't play Saturday against the Celtics, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
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Officially questionable Saturday
FLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
March 8, 2019
Kuzma (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
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