Lakers News: Five reasons starting Kyle Kuzma send the right message

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LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 08: Kyle Kuzma (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 08: Kyle Kuzma (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The latest Lakers news of Kyle Kuzma getting starting time deserves a fair evaluation now — and it’s time for LA to take things to the next level.

While it’s unfortunate that Larry Nance Jr. will be out for several weeks with an injury, the good thing for Los Angeles is that they’ll get to see more of what rookie sensation Kyle Kuzma really brings to the table.

The former Ute showed flashes of the chemistry he can have with Lonzo Ball when they share the floor together, and on top of that can score consistently and be a leading presence on this team moving forward.

He has managed a double double in both of his starting opportunities, and will likely continue to surprise everyone as the season goes on. While there’s still understandably some growing pains with getting used to Lonzo Ball, the fact that the 27th overall pick in the 2017 draft is making such a big splash is making the Lakers look like accidental geniuses.

Summer League is one thing, but up to this point — and that’s ten games into the season — it’s looking like Kuzma could be the smartest move in terms of adjustments to the starting lineup. The injury to Larry Nance Jr. presents the perfect chance for the rookie to cement his stay in the starting five.

That being said, let’s take a look at the five reasons that permanently starting Kyle Kuzma is the right thing for Los Angeles to do from here on out.