Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma

27-Year-Old ForwardF
Washington Wizards
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Kuzma seems to have finally found a home with the Wizards. After struggling to live up to expectations during his Lakers tenure, he was traded to Washington during the 2021-22 offseason and responded with a career-best campaign. Even though he failed to play at least 70 games for the third year in a row, Kuzma still averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 combined steals-plus-blocks, posting career-best numbers in rebounds, assists and blocks. Despite the roster changes, all signs point to Kuzma being part of the Wizards' starting five next season, though it wouldn't be surprising if his numbers take a hit considering the presence of Kristaps Porzingis and the return of Bradley Beal, who should operate as the undisputed go-to guy on offense. Kuzma could be worth a shot as a mid-to-late-round selection in most fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $26 million contract extension with the Lakers in December of 2020. Traded to the Wizards in July of 2021. Contract includes $13 million player option for 2023-24.
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Kyle Alexander Kuzma was born on July 24, 1995 in Flint, Michigan, to Karri Kuzma. He regards Larry Smith, who is the father of Kyle's younger brother and sister -- Andre and Briana -- as a father figure. Kuzma attended Bentley High School in Michigan, averaging 17.9 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior. In his senior season, he attended Rise Academy in Philadelphia and averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per contest. After high school, Kuzma went to the University of Utah, where he earned a degree in sociology. Kuzma frequently works with YMCAs in both Flint and in Los Angeles, and he donated more than 300 backpacks and school supplies to Flint students in need in 2019. He enjoys bowling in his free time. Learn more about Kuzma by following him on Twitter at @kylekuzma and on Instagram at @kuz. It took Kuzma a couple of seasons to establish himself at the University of Utah. He signed late and redshirted during the 2013-14 season. In his freshman season, the 6-foot-9 forward played sparingly off the bench but showed scoring potential in early-season wins over UC Riverside and Texas-Rio Grande Valley with a combined 33 points. Kuzma moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and opened the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds, the first of four double-doubles. The Utes advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and the forward had 15 points in a second-round loss to Gonzaga. The Flint, Michigan, native became the go-to scorer for coach Larry Krystkowiak in his third and final season with the team. He led Utah with 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. Kuzma had a career-high 26 points along with 12 rebounds in a win at Arizona State. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and applied for the 2018 NBA Draft following the season. Kuzma was selected with the 27th overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he was traded to the Lakers on draft night.

Explodes for 33 points
FWashington Wizards
January 26, 2023
Kuzma finished Wednesday's 108-103 win over the Rockets with 33 points (12-25 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 41 minutes.
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Kuzma led the way for the Wizards with one of his best showings of the season. The forward has been on a tear of late, scoring at least 25 points in four games in a row and reaching the 20-point mark in six of his last seven contests.
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More likely to stay put
FWashington Wizards
January 24, 2023
The Wizards' willingness to trade Rui Hachimura to the Lakers could be a sign the team is confident it will be able to re-sign Kuzma, NBA writer Marc Stein reports.
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Washington has been letting other teams know it plans to keep both Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis after this season and isn't interested in trading the former, and the Hachimura move will help clear the cap space necessary to re-sign them. Kuzma is earning a big payday with a breakout campaign, averaging a career-high 21.8 points, 4.0 assists and 2.6 three-pointers a game.
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Coming off a down year during the 2019-20 season, Kuzma bounced back as he filled in for LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who both missed time with injuries. As for Kuzma's 2020-21 campaign, the 26-year-old averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 blocks. Kuzma hit 44.3 percent of his shots from the field and 36.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc. This upcoming season, Kuzma should see a much larger role on a Wizards team that lacks consistent scoring options behind Bradley Beal and the newly-acquired Spencer Dinwiddie. Kuzma finished last season with 25 games scoring at least 15 points, which is the scoring consistency the Wizards will expect from the ex-Laker. The forward will likely compete for minutes with Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija, which is much more favorable than his situation with the Lakers. Kuzma should see more production this season, as he'll likely be on the court more and will be able to take more shots. If Kuzma ends up in the Wizards starting lineup, it's possible his assist numbers see an increase since he'll be passing the ball to one of the league's best all-around scorers in Beal.
After two promising seasons with the Lakers to start his career, Kuzma saw declines across most statistical categories in 2019-20. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 boards, 1.4 threes and 1.3 assists across 25.0 minutes per contest -- the lowest marks of his career on all fronts. Kuzma's step backward wasn't surprising, as it coincided with Anthony Davis' arrival. With Davis in the lineup, Kuzma lost his starting gig and came off the bench for most of the season. He started only nine games, but in those contests, Kuzma averaged 32.4 minutes and better than 20 points, proving that he could still be a meaningful contributor when given the chance. Over the course of the season, Kuzma's shooting wasn't much different than his first two years, but other than rebounds, his per-36 averages were down across the board as well. Kuzma will have a difficult time picking up his production this season, and the new addition of Dennis Schroder -- a quality offensive player -- will likely complicate matters even further for Kuzma.
There weren't a lot of bright spots for the Lakers last year, as Los Angeles missed the playoffs despite adding LeBron James. Injuries and trade rumors proved to be their eventual downfall. However, one of the bright spots was Kuzma, who appeared in 70 games during his second season in the league. He averaged 18.7 points per game and was once again a weapon from behind the arc by averaging 1.8 three-pointers per contest. The problem was he only shot 30.3% on three-pointers, which was down from 36.6% during his rookie season. His rebounding numbers also declined while he provided very few contributions defensively. Still, he's going to remain one of the key offensive weapons on the team, especially after they dealt away much of their depth to acquire Anthony Davis. While the Lakers will still rely on Kuzma to provide spacing, it wouldn't be a surprise to see his scoring numbers and usage rate decline with Davis now in the fold. Rebounds might also be harder for him to come by with so much size on the floor around him.
After a three-season college stint at Utah in which he was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team during his junior campaign, Kuzma was drafted by the Lakers with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. After averaging 21.9 points with a 63.9 true shooting percentage at summer league, hype about Kuzma’s immediate potential began forming. That potential was realized right out of the gate, and Kuzma went on to post 16.1 points per game on 45.0 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent from deep. His 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest also helped him get voted to the All-Rookie First Team. However, given the new presence of LeBron James, plus the signing of Michael Beasley, it may be tough for Kuzma to reach the 31.2 minutes per game he saw last year. Still, it’s likely he'll be one of LA’s primary sources of offense with the second unit, which should keep his usage high.
Much of the discussion regarding the Lakers’ draft this past June understandably centered around their selection of a potential franchise point guard in Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, but Kuzma -- who was selected 27th overall selection by the Nets before being shipped to the Lakers -- looks like he could be more than a footnote. While Ball earned MVP honors and rave reviews for his elite passing during the Las Vegas Summer League, it was Kuzma who was routinely finishing off Ball’s array of lobs and outlet passes. The forward out of Utah came away with first-team honors in Las Vegas, averaging 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in seven contests. Summer statistics certainly aren’t a predictor of NBA stardom or even NBA usefulness, but Kuzma’s performance nonetheless improves his odds of cracking the Lakers’ rotation as a rookie. Kuzma is already receiving high marks for his ability to defend both small and power forwards and knock down shots from the outside, which could allow him to push Luol Deng and/or Larry Nance for minutes with the second unit coming out of training camp.
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Drops team-high 30 points
FWashington Wizards
January 24, 2023
Kuzma contributed 30 points (12-23 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 127-126 win over the Mavericks.
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Delivers diverse line in win
FWashington Wizards
January 22, 2023
Kuzma finished with 25 points (9-20 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 2-6 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and one block in 32 minutes during Saturday's 138-118 win over the Magic.
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Second straight double-double
FWashington Wizards
January 19, 2023
Kuzma closed Wednesday's 116-105 win over New York with 27 points (11-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 13 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal in 36 minutes.
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Double-double despite shooting woes
FWashington Wizards
January 16, 2023
Kuzma provided 16 points (5-20 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal across 40 minutes during Monday's 127-118 loss to the Warriors.
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Explodes for season-high 40 points
FWashington Wizards
January 13, 2023
Kuzma ended with 40 points (14-27 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 8-9 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and one block across 40 minutes during Friday's 112-108 loss to the Knicks.
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