#33 Power Forward

Kyle Kuzma

Height / Weight
6' 8" / 221 lbs
Born
Jul 24, 1995 (26)
College
Utah
SEASON STATS
2021-2022
PTS
17.1
+4.3
Rebounds
8.5
+2.4
Assists
3.5
+1.7
PER
18.22
+2.68
PLAYER INFO

Kyle Kuzma Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Kyle Alexander Kuzma is an American basketball player who plays power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kuzma is a part of the new wave of power forwards who can spread the floor and shoot from the perimeter, with Kuzma earning attention early in his career as a player who can knock down shots and help the young core of the Lakers turn the franchise around.

High School Career (Rise Academy)

Kyle Kuzma started his high school career at Bentley High School in Burton, Michigan. After averaging a double-double as a junior, he transferred to Rise Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His goal in transferring to the prep school was to be better trained for basketball at the next level. He put up 22 points per game in his lone season with Rise Academy, earning offers from several high major college programs.

College Career (Utah)

Kuzma chose to be a college basketball player at the University of Utah, sitting out his first season as a redshirt after making a late decision to join the Utes. He played for two years with Utah after his redshirt year, averaging double figures in both of those seasons. In his junior season, Kuzma averaged 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest and was named to the all-Pac-12 first team.

After his second season with the Utes, Kuzma decided to enter the NBA Draft and cut his collegiate career short. Utah failed to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament during Kuzma’s two seasons with the team, but their 47 wins during that time period made Utah one of the top programs in college basketball for those two seasons.

NBA Career

Kyle Kuzma was taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets. During the draft, he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Brook Lopez in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. Kuzma immediately turned heads in the Summer League before his rookie season. He earned Summer League title game MVP honors after scoring 30 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, with the game televised on ESPN for all to see.

During the regular season, Kuzma continued to impress, earning NBA All-Rookie first-team honors. He averaged 16.1 points per game and 6.3 rebounds, with his stats prompting the Lakers to keep him around while overhauling their roster. The Lakers have since acquired LeBron James in free agency and Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, with Kuzma remaining a part of the nucleus of the team as it hopes to attain success in the playoffs. Kuzma has remained a double-figure scorer for the Lakers, even as his usage has decreased with the implementation of multiple stars.

Going forward with the Lakers, Kuzma’s value will lie in the addition of depth to their lineup. With contending teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks all boasting loads of depth, players like Kuzma can often be the difference between getting across the finish line in the race for a title and falling short.

Kyle Kuzma Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Kyle Kuzma signed a four year, $8.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. Kuzma is still on his rookie contract, with the Lakers exercising their team options to keep Kuzma on the roster for the final two years of that deal. He has yet to sign an extension with the Lakers and will enter the final year of his rookie contract in the 2020-2021 season.

Kuzma has an estimated net worth of $3 million. He has endorsement deals with Puma and sneaker reselling site GOAT under his belt and should see an increase in his earnings when he signs his second NBA contract.

Kyle Kuzma Personal Life

Kyle Kuzma was born in Flint, Michigan, and was raised by Karri Kuzma and Larry Smith. He has one half-brother, Andre, and one half-sister, Briana. He is not currently in a relationship and does not have any children, but has been romantically linked to celebrities in the past, including Kendall Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x All-Rookie First Team
2018
Awards and Honors by Year:
2018
All-Rookie First Team

Kyle Kuzma Quotes

  • On being a part of a changing roster: “we just have to step up and accept the roles we’ve come into right now.”
  • On his interests: “I don’t go to malls. I’ve just always been a simple person. I hang out, work out. That’s what I think is fun.”
  • On his approach to the game: “I’m really just trying to defend, rebound and try to find my teammates because I know scoring is going to be there.”

Kyle Kuzma Fun Facts

  • Kuzma is known for his fashion sense, with his pre-game wardrobe and Instagram outfit posts garnering plenty of attention.
  • During the coronavirus lockdown, Kuzma adopted a Husky puppy.
  • He regularly gives back to his community and his hometown of Flint, Michigan through charitable initiatives.
  • There was quite the height difference during his date with Vanessa Hudgens, as Kuzma is 6-8 and Hudgens is 5-1. Talk about a size mismatch.
  • He developed his love for basketball with a toy basketball hoop his mother bought him as a child.
Career stats
2021-2022
WAS
2020-2021
LAL
2019-2020
LAL
2018-2019
LAL
2017-2018
LAL
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2021-2022
66 33.4 45.2 34.1 71.2 8.5 3.5 0.9 0.6 17.1
2020-2021
68 28.7 44.3 36.1 69.1 6.1 1.9 0.6 0.5 12.9
2019-2020
61 25.0 43.6 31.6 73.5 4.5 1.3 0.4 0.5 12.8
2018-2019
70 33.0 45.6 30.3 75.2 5.5 2.5 0.4 0.6 18.7
2017-2018
77 31.2 45.0 36.6 70.7 6.3 1.8 0.4 0.6 16.1
Recent Games
Fri 3/18
Wed 3/16
Mon 3/14
Sat 3/12
Fri 3/11
Wed 3/9
Sun 3/6
Fri 3/4
Tue 3/1
Sat 2/26
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Fri 3/18
L 97-100
35 18 1 4 5 9 0 1 4
Wed 3/16
L 127-109
26 6 1 8 9 7 1 0 2
Mon 3/14
L 112-126
31 11 1 7 8 3 0 0 3
Sat 3/12
L 118-127
30 22 1 2 3 3 0 1 4
Fri 3/11
L 109-122
32 23 2 5 7 3 0 0 4
Wed 3/9
L 109-115
33 17 0 6 6 4 1 0 3
Sun 3/6
W 123-133
36 23 0 5 5 8 1 2 1
Fri 3/4
L 117-114
35 22 0 5 5 11 0 2 4
Tue 3/1
W 113-116
34 21 2 7 9 6 0 2 5
Sat 2/26
L 86-92
38 34 0 13 13 2 1 2 4