Future Watch: Kyle Kuzma Rookie Basketball Cards, Lakers -How great can a rookie class be? Fans and collectors will be asking this about the 2017-18 NBA Rookie Class for years to come. The depth of the class will be a selling point. We have seen players like Donovan Mitchell (13th overall pick), John Collins (19th overall pick), and OG Anunoby (23rd overall pick) make an impact on the court so far this season. However, the steal of the draft is looking to be Kyle Kuzma (27th overall pick) of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers acquired Kuzma in a draft day trade with Brooklyn involving De’Angelo Russell and Brook Lopez. Los Angeles saw something they liked in Kuzma’s game, and considered him an essential part of completing the trade. The team has been rewarded with a highly talented forward capable of playing multiple positions.
Kuzma grew up in Flint, MI and developed a love for basketball at an early age. In high school, he averaged 17.9 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior. These numbers and tape of his shooting caught the eye of national scouts. He would eventually receive offers to play for numerous Division 1 schools as a senior. Kuzma turned down Connecticut, Iowa State, Tennessee and Missouri to play for the University of Utah.
After a redshirt freshman year, Kuzma played three seasons for the Utes. During his college career, he increased his scoring, rebounds and defensive numbers in each season. In his final season as a junior, he averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. This earned him first-team All-Pac-12 honors. At the end of the season, Kuzma declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. He graduated with a degree in sociology.
Fans in Las Vegas were treated to Kuzma’s game during the 2017 NBA Summer League. While most attention was directed towards Los Angeles’ number two overall pick, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma stole the show. In seven out of eight games for the Lakers’, Kuzma led the team in points scored. He finished the summer league with averages of 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.
We’re one month into the season and Kuzma hasn’t slowed down. He’s made an immediate impact on the Lakers and among this rookie class. Through 18 games, he’s started in 10 of them averaging 16.8 points, good for best on the team. His scoring is also second among all rookies. Lonzo Ball is dominating the rookie trading card market, but Kuzma isn’t far behind. Lakers fans and collectors all over the world are taking notice, this guy is worth collecting!
Kyle Kuzma already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Kuzma in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Kyle Kuzma Rookie Basketball Cards, Lakers – Other Resources
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Kyle Kuzma Rookie Basketball Cards, Lakers – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Kyle Kuzma in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform.
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