The NBA Summer League action has finished, but one player used the league to show his talent and make himself known to the world. Kyle Kuzma was stellar throughout the tournament, averaging a total of 21.9 points to go with 6.4 rebounds per game for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kuzma was drafted with the 27th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets, coming out of his junior year at the University of Utah. He was traded on draft night to the Lakers along with Brook Lopez in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. He was not seen as a major part of that trade, but he is showing the potential to make the Nets regret trading him away.
The forward started his professional career off with a bang. In his second Summer League game with the Lakers, he scored 31 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics, putting him on the nation’s radar for the first time. Since then Kuzma has continued to be phenomenal, putting up big time numbers each game. Even though this is just Summer League play, Kuzma has shown flashes of stardom that could translate onto the real NBA stage. In the semi-final, he dropped 24 points to help lead LA to the final game.
— Best’s Point Of View (@PovofBest) July 17, 2017
Kuzma’s hot shooting and rebounding presence have helped the Lakers tremendously and made him into a natural leader on the court. He is already beginning to collect accolades as he was named to the All- NBA Summer League Second Team for his amazing efforts thus far. Lakers fans have already taken to social media to share their excitement for the budding star.
Celtics: Our #3 pick, Jayson Tatum avg 18/8/1 in SL.
Lakers: Our 27th pick Kyle Kuzma avg 20/6/3
The world: pic.twitter.com/qmFz6lPMRl
— StairWay to 7 (@TDF4LIFE30) July 17, 2017
@kylekuzma killin it out there! I now know why he chose the number 0. There’s nothin he can’t do!
— Billy B (@BBtreyZ) July 18, 2017
Kuzma led LA during the Summer League Finals on Monday night, performing at an extremely high level to help the Lakers take home the hardware. In the win, Kuzma posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds. He also won the game MVP, ending a dominant Summer League performance on the ultimate high note. Will Kyle Kuzma be able to continue his surprising performance in the NBA? Only time will tell.