One of the great steals of the past NBA Draft already appears to be pretty clear. Los Angeles Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma has taken the league by storm in some respects, bursting onto the scene alongside the most-talked about rookie in Lonzo Ball and going about his business putting up impressive numbers.
After the third meeting of the season between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors, it's become impossible for even Kevin Durant to not praise Kuzma for his play.
“Kuzma should have been a lottery pick,” Durant said about Lakers' rookie Kyle Kuzma in that postgame ESPN interview. “Kuz is a problem. I like him.”
Kuzma finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds last night as the Warriors escaped with the narrow victory. Durant was a bit better posting 33 points, seven boards and seven assists.
Many GMs around the league probably agree with what Durant said about Kuzma after the game, now that we're a few months into the season. Most people missed on the projections for Kuzma, who is averaging 17.7 points and 6.9 rebounds on 51.0 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent shooting from three in his first 29 games as a pro. Any team drafting in the lottery would have been happy to get a player posting those averages.