As the Lakers first preseason game approaches in a couple of days, the regular season will follow soon after. There is always one player that can make a difference in a season. We already know what veterans LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and Rajon Rondo bring to the table. There’s a player that can propel the Lakers not only to a successful regular season, but also deep playoff run. That player is Kyle Kuzma.
Last season was fairly good for Kuzma, averaging 18.7 ppg, 2.2 apg, 5.5 rpg, and shot 46% from the field. His point per game average spiked up to 2ppg more than his rookie season. The one caveat was his three point percentage, which went down when he shot 37% from his rookie season to just 30% last season. Kuzma’s defense has always been questionable ever since he’s come into the league. It’s something that he’s got to get better at in his third year. There’s no question the Lakers got a steal when they drafted Kuzma (via Nets) in 2017 with the 27th pick. Kuzma is very talented and has become a known threat from the perimeter. He is also very savvy off the ball as he can dive to the basket or create open shots due his quickness and length.
Due to Kuzma’s foot injury, he’s likely to be out from mid to late October. The Lakers are being very cautious due to the fact that it’s a long season and they want him to heal properly. As of now, speculation seems to be that the starting lineup might look like: Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee/Dwight Howard. When Kuzma does return, he might be coming off the bench which is not a bad thing. The Lakers are much deeper this season and Kuzma can spearhead an already talented bench. Kuzma’s perimeter shooting can be the difference this season and can possibly help the Lakers to a deep playoff run.