Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma looks to improve his passing in remaining games of season
The Los Angeles Lakers are not playing for much at this point in the 2018-19 NBA season. Fortunately, it is never too late for forward Kyle Kuzma to polish up his skill set over the last few weeks.
Kuzma has emerged as a bit of a playmaker this year. According to Christian Rivas of Silver Screen And Roll, he says it will be a point of emphasis for him down the final stretch of the season:
“I’m just trying to use these next 14, 15 games, whatever we have, to continue to develop. I know I can score, but the past two or three games I’ve just really been trying to find guys and be a complete player.”
Kuzma made his bones young, premier scorers in the league. His ability to shoot from virtually anywhere on the court makes him a seamless fit in today’s NBA. However, it is clear that he is also a more than capable passer for a big.
The Lakers have had to do without many of their playmakers throughout the season such as forward LeBron James, point guard Lonzo Ball, and forward Brandon Ingram. As a result, this has essentially forced Kuzma to take on more of a facilitator role at times. Head coach Luke Walton has even acknowledged his tremendous growth in terms of getting his teammates more involved in the offense.
It is no secret that the Lakers are still in the midst of a grueling rebuild. Despite his struggles at times, Kuzma’s development has still been one of the lone bright spots for Los Angeles this season. The prospect of him becoming a viable playmaker on top of a go-to scorer is a scary thought for the rest of the league moving forward.