Lonzo Ball (nearly all Laker articles start this way don’t they?!) was meant to be the Rookie of the Year for Lavar Ball sure. The number 2, second pick in the draft was meant to be the second coming in the post-Kobe generation. Especially after the storied purple and gold franchise raised both Bryant’s 8 and 24 jerseys to the rafters in a Mamba moment for the everlasting memories this week.
Sure despite some struggles this could still be the Lonzo Angeles Lakers, but right now the Rookie Of The Year wears purple and gold, but is more than a big baller (and can’t resist trolling and teasing Ball over the boys trainers).
Who would have thought you would have called a number 27 pick R.O.Y.?!
But right now Western Conference Rookie Of The Month Kyle Kuzma is exactly that for games played in November. Whilst in the East its season rookie favourite Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers (technically an injured sophomore) taking home the honors.
Now that Brook Lopez Brooklyn trade which gave the Lakers his draft rights doesn’t seem like such a waste after all (and you’ve seen the other Wookie play right?!). It looks like the Lakers weren’t moving former Point star D’Angelo Russell (like they should just have to a more natural shooting guard spot) to the B.K. to make way for Lonzo Ball after all.
But to make way for Kuz.
Killer Kyle has ice in his veins too. Even if in the clutch right now the Lakers look like Paul Walker’s “yo dude I almost had you character” in the first ‘Fast and Furious’ movie. The Lakers still have plenty of answers to why they are still smiling right now as the young golds future looks bright under the young dubbed Golden State Warriors California sun. Diesel powered by the likes of Ingram, Randle, Clarkson, Nance Jr. and Ball. And let’s not forget the Power Forward who is solving the Julius or Larry P.F. debate by leaving them both on the bench.
“He should have been a lottery pick”, Warrior league leader Kevin Durant added after some back-to-back close calls with the Lakers this week. And he already knows how good his skinny clone and real emerging Lakers leader Brandon Ingram really is. But like Ball, B.I. should look out for 2K too like every NBA fan with a console under the tree this morning (and to that end Merry Christmas to you and yours from everyone at Basketball Buzz). Kuzma’s even beating his own career high each night. 30 one day. 38 the next. Even after receiving his likeness award in frosted glass, K.K. became the first rookie since the Lakers Jerry West in 1961 of all plus half centuries ago to record three straight consecutive games of 25 points or more.
That’s the logo people.
And to think the kid that’s averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists off 50.4 percent shooting and a team high 37.9 from three has already amazingly become the first Laker rookie since President Magic in 1980 to record at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a single game.
And if that wasn’t enough for the doubters K beat everyone by becoming the first rook to record 330 points, 120 rebounds and 30 made three-pointers in the first 20 games of his career. Forget Rookie of the Year this young blood could be an All Star, franchise face one day.
It’s no wonder Kuzma is the first Lakers Rookie of the Month since original late round Lakers draft steal Jordan Clarkson who started this whole Nance Jr., Ivica Zubac and now Kyle Kuzma thing off.
Now it won’t be long before the Lakers are in Kuz’s control.