Kyle Kuzma's career in the NBA got off to a solid start. He looked like the steal of the Draft and was the best player of the Los Angeles Lakers young core during his rookie season. But that's also when he peaked.
Kuzma never lived up to the expectations around him. The Lakers held on to him in the Anthony Davis trade hoping he'd become their third scoring option but he was as inconsistent as he was vocal towards the media and his haters.
That's why, more often than not, social media and Lakers fans went at him left and right. Now, he'll get a fresh start with the Washington Wizards and will have plenty of pressure to back up the talk once and for all.
Kyle Kuzma Says The Wizards Have Plenty Of Talent
Kuzma said that he could be an All-Star and average 25+ points per game on a team that gives him a bigger role. But given the logjam the Wizards have at both forward spots, it may not be that easy for him:
“I think you’ve got to realize like, I’m not going to say it’s a logjam, but if you look at the landscape of the NBA, teams always have a bunch of guys that are 6-foot-6 and above that can all play on the court at the same time. This league has transformed into kind of position-less. If you have guys that know how to play basketball and know how to defend at a high level, now you’re in business," Kuzma told NBC Sports.
“It’s a good problem to have for Wes and the organization. I like to call them ‘successful people problems,’ because we have a lot of great and talented players on one roster. It’s always about sacrifice and trying to win," he added.
Kuzma has done a lot of talking throughout his young career in the league. He doesn't play for a team that's urged to win right away anymore, so this might as well be his last chance to prove his worth in the league.