Even though Kyle Kuzma will need to engage in a more heated battle for minutes, he likes what he sees on the Los Angeles Lakers roster. On the heels of adding a host of players, namely JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and Moritz Wagner (through the draft), the improving Lakers will look to take a massive leap in 2018-19. All that is made possible with the arrival of superstar LeBron James.
Kuzma believes the Lakers are up to the task.
"We (LeBron and myself) are both definitely excited about the roster and the pieces that we have," Kuzma told ESPN. "And we think that a lot of people are underestimating us. It is definitely going to be fun playing with all these new guys."
Kuzma and LeBron have worked out during the offseason in preparation for what should be a competitive season in the Western Conference. Even though the Lakers have added multiple veterans in the offseason, the team will rely on the growth of Kuzma–as well as fellow youngsters Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball–to help pace the franchise.
Kuzma was a standout rookie last season and garnered attention for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, which ultimately went to Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons. Kuzma averaged 16.1 PPG and 6.3 RPG in 2017-18.
The Lakers will open the 2018-19 season on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers. The home opener will take place two nights later against the Houston Rockets.
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