Kyle Kuzma Says People Are Underestimating the Lakers This Season

Kyle Kuzma (right) and Kay Felder. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Lakers will look a lot different this year compared to last season, considering the addition of LeBron James and several other veteran players. Still, the lack of star power, besides James of course, has people questioning how successful the team can be this season. But forward Kyle Kuzma is all in on the new Lakers’ look.

Speaking with ESPN, Kuzma said that he already worked out with LeBron James and that they both share the same enthusiasm and opinion that many are “underestimating” what this group of players can do.

“We are both definitely excited about the roster and the pieces that we have,” – said Kuzma. “And we think that a lot of people are underestimating us. It is definitely going to be fun playing with all these new guys.”

Having an already exciting group of young players, Los Angeles Lakers added James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley to the mix. While many consider this to be a challenging group of veterans to deal with, Kyle Kuzma thinks that they just have to work out their chemistry like many other NBA teams.

“A lot of people say we got a lot of different people, a lot of new people,” – he added. “But change can be a good thing. It is not necessarily always a bad thing. There’s a lot of teams in the NBA that need to work on their chemistry; we are just one of them.”

Kyle Kuzma was one of the revelations in the past NBA season. Coming out of college, he was projected to be a second-round pick or even go undrafted. Still, the Lakers took him 27th overall which proved to be an excellent decision. After performing well in NBA Summer League, he went to play 77 games in his rookie season averaging 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He was named into NBA All-Rookie First Team at the end of the season.