The latest Lakers rumors are about why Kyle Kuzma can take down Ben Simmons as the best rookie this season.
All of the hype in the summer and before that was focused on Lonzo Ball. That’s in large part because of the fact that his father and family brand have found a way to be the center of attention, even when being obnoxious — they refuse to be irrelevant.
However, while that road through UCLA has landed Lonzo Ball in purple and gold, fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma has made himself stand out even more. Ball has failed to find his shot and be effective as a scorer despite already notching two triple-doubles, but that will come with time.
Meanwhile, Kuzma has made it clear to the rest of the league that they missed out when they let him slip down to the 27th overall pick and winding up part of the young core in Los Angeles. In Bleacher Report’s latest rookie rankings, Kuzma is ranked third behind Jayson Tatum and the front-runner in Ben Simmons.
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Would last year’s Ben Simmons be the same? It’s hard to say, so it’s best to just deal with what we have on our hands right now.
There’s something about Kuzma that makes the Lakers even more special than their best fans could’ve predicted. The team is starting to play well together, and he also showed a chemistry with Ball in Summer League nobody could’ve seen coming.
He’s been a consistent scoring threat for the most part, and has already put a career-high 30-point game on his resume. Simmons and Kuzma play two very different positions, but they are by far two of the best rookie’s we’ve seen in a while.
With that in mind, here’s my three reasons that Kyle Kuzma will chase down Ben Simmons and establish himself as the rookie of the year.