Kuzma drew the starting assignment with almost all of the Lakers' projected first unit getting the night off. The second-year pro paced the starters in scoring on the night and wrapped up the exhibition slate with four straight double-digit point tallies overall. Kuzma displayed his trademark aggressiveness throughout preseason, averaging 12.5 shot attempts over 24.0 minutes per game. Despite the fact he'll come off the bench during the regular season, Kuzma should still see plenty of minutes and scoring opportunities in the Lakers' fast-paced attack.
With a myriad of Lakers players out either due to injury or rest, Kuzma will be inserted into the starting five and have a chance to play big minutes. In five exhibitions, Kuzma has averaged 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.1 minutes.
Kuzma did his damage from the bench with LeBron James reentering the starting lineup. The second-year big man's scoring total led the second unit and was second only to Brandon Ingram's for the Lakers on the night. Kuzma has displayed his trademark shooting touch over the last three exhibitions, compiling a 46.3 percent success rate (19-for-41) over that span. James' arrival in Los Angeles relegates Kuzma to a second-unit role for the time being, but it's one he should still be in position to thrive in given the team's fast-paced offense and his own considerable offensive skills.
Kuzma will return to a bench role for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Warriors, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports.
With LeBron James missing Saturday's preseason contest, Kuzma picked up the start and had a solid showing of 15 points and four rebounds. However, James has now rejoined the lineup as expected, which shifts Kuzma to the bench. Kuzma will likely come off the bench to start the regular season, but his upside should still afford him significant minutes off the bench on a night-to-night basis.
Kuzma drew the start with LeBron James getting the night off for rest and finished with a team-high scoring haul. The talented second-year player has been sharp thus far this preseason, posting three double-digit scoring efforts over four games while shooting a red-hot 48.0 percent (12-for-25) over his last pair of contests.
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