Jazz star Donovan Mitchell praises Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma for improved defense
Per Allen Sliwa of ESPN, Mitchell gave Lakers fans something to be excited about. He pointed out that Kuzma is becoming a better defender and has been taking a conscious effort to make an impact defensively.
“Everybody knows what he can do on the offensive end but defensively, he’s taken it to another level,” Mitchell said of Kuzma. “He’s talking, communicating, finding other ways to improve whether it’s communication, whether it’s stepping in and taking charges, being willing to guard the best forward on the other team.”
Kuzma is one of the top bets to make the final roster of Team USA, which is set to defend their title in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. In the USA basketball intra-squad scrimmage last week, Kuzma played just seven minutes but finished with seven points and four rebounds for the senior team.
The 24-year-old forward drew a lot of attention in his first two seasons in the league after he was drafted 27th overall by the Lakers in 2017. Last season, Kuz averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games, ending up as the team’s second-leading scorer behind LeBron James.