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Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma
Position: F
Born: 07/24/95
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $1,423,560
Though Walton didn’t want to give his starting line up, one could be forgiven for assuming that Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would join Randle and Lopez to go alongside one position where Walton has in fact already acknowledged a decision. “Lonzo, who’s going to be our starting point guard, is the best point guard on our team,” said Luke. “So he deserves to start. But a lot of it, to me, comes down to training camp. Is Kuzma gonna outplay so-and-so? It’s all about earning time.”
While Kuzma talks, Lakers President Magic Johnson drains a series of mid-range jumpers at the other end of the gym. The 58-year-old then stops to hold court as a group of about 10 basketball operations staffers form a semicircle to hear a tale from his legendary playing career. And Kuzma — a self-described “basketball junkie” — pauses to listen to what the Hall of Famer has to say. “For me to be a Laker and work beside him is an unbelievable feeling and pretty surreal because he’s one of the greatest.”
Trudell: Let’s be honest, you guys had to be pretty happy with your selection while watching Kuzma rip up Las Vegas, with the qualifier that it’s “only Summer League.” When did he first get on your radar from a scouting perspective? Jeanie Buss: He’s been on our radar for a couple years now playing in the Pac-12 at Utah. We got to see them come play at USC and UCLA, as well as (outside of Los Angeles). I personally saw him when he was a freshman, but he didn’t play that much. I – and some of our scouts – saw him again when he started to play more as a sophomore and of course when he excelled as a junior.
Buss: We’ve had our eye on him because he’s multi-positional at the four and the three at that size (6’9’’). He has an ability to pass, shoot the ball, run the floor … good athlete, good understanding of the game. He was always intriguing to us. He just started to shoot the three this past year at Utah, and he didn’t shoot it that well at the beginning of the season. But as the season went on and in conference play he started to get more confidence with (the three).
In a recent interview on NBA TV, Pelinka commented on his expectations for Kuzma this season, who they are very high on due to his versatility: “I think Kyle Kuzma becomes a posterchild, in a sense of just representing that game of a player that can do everything and is positionless […] He just had a spirit in his step, just an aggressiveness and a chip on his shoulder. He plays in attack mode at all times, I think we saw that in Summer League so we’re really, really excited about him.” Kuzma especially is a guy to watch out for this season, as he has already developed chemistry with rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, and he fits the mold of positionless basketball that the Lakers brass wants to play with this year.