October 4, 2020, 10:57 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting on Sunday, hitting 4-of-8 shots from downtown, grabbing three rebounds and adding nothing else of significant value to the stat sheet.
To Kuzma's credit, he did manage a plus-6 in the +/- column tonight, which did help his team's effort overall. Still, it's easy to nitpick and bemoan his lack of peripheral contributions, but then again, you're used to that kind of Kuzma-conversation by now, right?
September 20, 2020, 11:24 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo was a major distributor against the Nuggets on Sunday, finishing with nine assists, three points (1-of-3 FG), four rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Rondo's performance was hindered by five turnovers during his 21 minutes of action but he remains an important component for the Lakers as they can generate easy looks thanks to Rondo's creativity on the offensive side of the ball. Playoff Rondo has clearly regained his bonafides as an assist specialist. Whether he can complement that with a reliable jumper will vary from night-to-night. Kyle Kuzma also faced turnover headaches in this contest, wrapping things up with four turnovers to accompany eight points and three boards. With little going for him besides picking up the slack as an off the bench scorer, Kuzma is going to have a difficult time earning major minutes if he fails to score efficiently.
September 12, 2020, 11:22 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma wound up as the Lakers' second-leading scorer on Saturday with 17 points (5-of-9 FG, 4-of-4 FT), four rebounds, three triples, two assists and one blocked shot.
Kuzma led all Lakers reserves with 27 minutes in this one and managed to shine as the Rockets were in complete disarray. The Lakers stayed in full control all throughout this contest and Kuzma's contributions were just another nail in the Rockets' playoff coffin tonight. He's still got a long ways to go towards growing into a complete player, but he's still young and has an amazing role model in LeBron James to be his guiding light.
September 9, 2020, 12:14 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma finished with 14 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block on 7-of-10 shooting in 24 minutes during the Lakers win over the Rockets on Tuesday.
Kuzma didn't do much outside of score tonight but all of his baskets seemed to come at the perfect time. Right when it looked as though Houston was on the verge of making a run, Kuzma got the ball in the basket. He missed both of his 3-point attempts tonight and didn't record a single assist but he did impact the game on both ends of the floor.
September 6, 2020, 11:50 pmMarkieff MorrisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Markieff Morris had his best game of the postseason on Sunday night in a win over the Rockets with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Morris knocked down four of his five attempts from beyond the arc and added five rebounds to the box score. Kyle Kuzma also played well with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. The Lakers will need their supporting cast to step up like they did in this one in order to pull away in the series.
August 25, 2020, 12:32 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma led the bench in Monday's Game 4 with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with two rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers.
Kuzma popped off from deep, hitting as many triples tonight as he did in the last four games combined. The Lakers need a consistent third option at scoring and if he can find a rhythm, it'll fill a much-needed gap as they weren't getting many answers before.
August 20, 2020, 11:31 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was one of the few Lakers' supporting cast members to show up on Thursday, scoring 16 points with four 3-pointers in just 22 minutes.
Caldwell-Pope went 5-of-8 from the field as the Lakers mercifully started hitting some of their threes. After a 5-for-32 performance in Game 1, L.A. went 14-for-38 on the long ball tonight. Anthony Davis and the team's defense did the heavy lifting but some of these secondary contributors have to start knocking down shots so the Lakers offense can operate in the half-court. Danny Green continued to struggle with three points on 1-of-6 shooting, though he did add four steals. Kyle Kuzma had seven points on 2-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes off the bench. J.R. Smith got loose for 11 points, three triples and four turnovers on 4-for-12 shooting in 22 minutes, though he did play throughout garbage time in a blowout win.
August 19, 2020, 12:20 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma had a rough Tuesday night against the Blazers, making just 5-of-14 shots from the field en route to his 14 points, eight rebounds, one triple and one block in 30 minutes off the bench.
The Lakers did not get the production they needed from Kuzma tonight. He was showing some signs of waking up towards the end of the seeding games during the restart of the season, but it appears that he's slid once again back into the Abyss of basketball mediocrity. The Lakers will not be able to avoid an upset by the Blazers if Kuzma does not find a way to step up and be the reliable third scoring option that the team needs him to evolve into.
August 13, 2020, 12:00 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Kings in order to give minutes to other players, according to Frank Vogel.
The good news is Kuzma is fine and is just getting the day off as the Lakers prepare for the post season. Talen Horton-Tucker and Markieff Morris are both starting and will be the beneficiaries of the thin Lakers rotation.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 12:09 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer in Monday's 124-121 win over the Nuggets while adding 25 points, six boards, three assists, two steals and three triples.
Kuzma had his best game since the resumption of the season and prior to this game, he was playing well on defense. Tonight was when the offense caught up and his patience on both ends has paid off as his moment came and he delivered for Lakers fans. In fantasy terms, he's still a sketchy add, but the Lakers need a consistent third option and Kuzma is probably the best fantasy contributor on the team outside of their two stars.
August 10, 2020, 7:29 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma will replace Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nuggets, according to Frank Vogel.
With KCP ruled out, Kuzma will shift into the starting lineup for the Lakers. In his last start on Thursday, Kuzma went for 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. His fantasy game is typically reliant on scoring and so the upside here is far from assured given he will be sharing the floor with both Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
August 6, 2020, 11:54 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma started for the Lakers on Thursday and looked alive as he posted a team-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 at the line.
Kuzma chipped in across the board, adding five rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, two steals and two blocks to his line for the night. This is by far one of Kuzma's best performances, showing everyone that he's able to deliver the fantasy goods. It's a shame that Kuzma games like this are few and far between, so don't bet good money on him repeating this feat anytime soon.
August 6, 2020, 7:44 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma and Quinn Cook will join Anthony Davis, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the starting lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Rockets.
The Lakers are without LeBron James tonight and will bring JaVale McGee off the bench. Frank Vogel wants to get a better look at this smaller lineup, and there's no better opponent against which to get small-ball reps than the Rockets. Kuzma's worth a long look in DFS given the number of shots he'll likely get tonight while Cook is more of a punt play.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
August 5, 2020, 10:48 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored 10 points (3-of-7 from the field) with three rebounds and two threes in 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
Kuzma had a hollow fantasy line, failing to record any assists, steals or blocks. Wednesday's performance is a summary of the "Kyle Kuzma experience" for fantasy GMs. He was ranked 278 per game in 9-cat leagues before the NBA restart, averaging 12.5 points, 1.3 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks while shooting .432 from the field and .738 from the line. His fantasy game relies on him getting high-volume scoring to outweigh the negatives in other categories. He isn't likely to reach standard-league value while LeBron James and Anthony Davis are on his team.
August 3, 2020, 11:58 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma came off the bench on Monday, scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting to go with a rebound, an assist and two triples.
Kuzma isn't going to cut it for fantasy teams with his current role, but this version of him is optimal for the Lakers in reality. He's coming off the bench and providing solid minutes (25) on the defensive end while stretching the floor and making the correct reads on offense. This has led to a downturn in his production and he was barely worth holding onto in fantasy leagues even as a starter, so you can safely move on. That means you should ignore him when he randomly pops off with a high scoring night as well. The consistency just isn't there.