Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma
25-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.
Personal Bio

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.

College/International Summary

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.

Posts 13 points in Game 2 win
FLos Angeles Lakers
September 7, 2020
Kuzma notched 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds, a steal and a block in 21 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.
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Kuzma was coming off back-to-back eight-point performances and, even though a 13-point outing doesn't scream massive improvement, he did take a step forward in terms of efficiency -- he missed just one shot all night long. The Lakers need Kuzma to become a reliable scoring threat regardless of his role and that hasn't been the case in the current playoff run, where he has scored topped the 15-point plateau just once while notching fewer than 10 points four times.
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2018

Kyle Kuzma took on an expanded role in 2018-19 and enjoyed a successful campaign overall. The second-year forward was asked to take on a heavy workload due to extended absences from the likes of Lonzo Ball, LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, and Kuzma responded by emerging as the Lakers' second-leading scorer. He averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 33.1 minutes per contest on the season and increased that production with James out of the lineup. With James out due to a groin injury from Dec. 27 to Jan. 29, Kuzma played 13 games, averaging 21.5 points. He tallied 32 points twice and notched a career-high 41 points Jan. 9 against the Pistons. Kuzma shot 45.6 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from three-point range on the year. He played in 70 games, starting all but two contests, and collected four double-doubles. On March 15 at Detroit, Kuzma dished out a career-high 10 assists. Kuzma racked up seven performances with at least 30 points, three games with double-digit rebounds and 12 contests with more than four assists. On defense, Kuzma provided at least two steals in nine games. He saw 40-plus minutes on seven occasions, averaging 27.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in those matchups.

2017

Kuzma's first NBA campaign cannot be viewed as anything other than an overwhelming success. As a result of an excellent all-around performance, the 27th overall selection in the 2017 Draft was voted to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. His season got off to a fast start. Kuzma managed to score in double figures in 28 of his first 31 contests. Included in that stretch were 12 20-point games and three 30-point efforts. Kuzma posted a season-high 38 points during a Dec. 20 win over Houston. He was also rewarded for his efforts by being named NBA Rookie of the Month for November. While all the points were great, Kuzma quickly proved he was more than just a one-trick pony. His 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists qualified as respectable stats for a first-year pro. Kuzma finished with a season-high 15 rebounds in a loss to Dallas on Feb. 10, while adding a personal-best six assists against the Bucks on Mar. 30.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • June 22, 2017
    Draft rights acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers, along with Brook Lopez, from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell.
  • July 3, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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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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Needs to be better moving forward
FLos Angeles Lakers
September 4, 2020
Kuzma ended with just eight points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes during Friday's 112-97 Game 1 loss to the Rockets.
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Scores 18 off bench
FLos Angeles Lakers
August 24, 2020
Kuzma scored 18 points (6-12 FG, 5-9 3PT, 1-1 FT) in Monday's Game 4 win over Portland.
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Scores 14 in reserve role
FLos Angeles Lakers
August 19, 2020
Kuzma netted 14 points (5-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and a blocked shot across 30 minutes in Tuesday's 100-93 loss to the Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
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Out for seeding finale
FLos Angeles Lakers
Rest
August 13, 2020
Kuzma is out for Thursday's contest against the Kings, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
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Buries game-winner
FLos Angeles Lakers
August 10, 2020
Kuzma scored 25 points (11-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt) to go with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes during Monday's 124-121 win over Denver.
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