Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma encouraged by ability to play small forward
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma quickly rose to the top as the team’s best rookie prospect early last season, perhaps a gold mine of sorts due to his athleticism, versatility, and fearlessness.
The 23-year-old showed flashes of brilliance last season, but is looking forward to display even more of his arsenal of tools next season, especially with the freedom he has been given by the coaching staff.
“The coaching staff allowing me to play the three this year really helped me evolve my game,” said Kuzma during his exit interview, according to Joey Ramirez of Lakers.com. “Just show people some things that I’ve probably never really showed. Never really had the opportunity to play on the wing until coming here.”
Yet Kuzma is already looking to plug the holes in his game, taking to the film room alongside the Lakers’ new addition, point guard Rajon Rondo, who’s known to be one of the most cerebral players in the league.
“(Rondo) pulled Kuzma up to the film room, and just the two of them, with our film guy, were watching defensive clips on Kuz already in the offseason,” coach Luke Walton told ESPN LA 710.
Kuzma’s ability to dissect and correct his game will play a major part in preventing a sophomore slump and continuing to make the climb up the ranks as one of the league’s best young talents.
The Michigander’s ability to play either forward position will prove ultimately helpful, providing a scoring punch as a starter or coming off the bench.