Kyle Kuzma has a chance to win rookie of the year


Kyle Kuzma has been the Los Angeles Lakers’ MVP through two preseason games and may be a lock to win rookie of the year.

For back-to-back preseason games, rookie forward Kyle Kuzma has led the Lakers in scoring. Kuzma tallied 19 points in L.A.’s preseason opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves and followed it up with a 23-point performance at Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets.

Kuzma became a fan favorite in Summer League and earned the Finals MVP. He’s picked up right where he left off in the preseason averaging 21 ppg on 62.1 percent shooting.

The 22-year-old is flat out good at basketball and like his counterpart and fellow rookie, Lonzo Ball, he just has a feel for the game.

Kuzma is active on the boards and has a shooter’s touch. He can hit from three–a lot, he has a pull-up game and he finishes around the rim.

After his performance in Summer League it was clear he’d receive quality playing time and challenge Julius Randle for his spot, but now there’s no uncertainty about it–he will take some of Randle’s PT and may even take his starting job later in the season.

Also, although many GMs saw Lonzo running away with rookie of the year, Kuzma may actually be the one to grab the award.

In case anyone hasn’t seen Kyle Kuzma ball, here is a clip of his highlights from L.A.’s second preseason game. Right now every team that passed on him is kicking themselves.


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