Los Angeles Lakers failed to pair LeBron James and Anthony Davis with a third superstar this summer, with Kawhi Leonard rejecting their offer and signing with the LA Clippers. But, Kyle Kuzma doesn’t think the Lakers need to pursue additional stars as they already got one on their roster.
In a recent chat with ESPN, Kuzma said that he thinks he is ready to take the big leap and become the third superstar the Lakers have been searching for.
“I don’t feel no pressure, but I believe that I am capable of being that superstar,” – said Kuzma. “I put a lot of work in. My progress through my journey shows that I can be there. I developed every single year, dating back to college, and I don’t see that development stunting at all.”
Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season but failed to consistently shoot the ball well. The 24-year-old thinks that will change this season as his playing style suits perfectly with James and Davis.
“I’ve never been a ball-dominant guy,” – he added. “I’ve always played off the ball. It is going to be a little bit easier, going to have a lot of open shots. It is my job to trust my summer workouts and what I’ve done. Just breathe, focus and knock those shots down, because I’m going to be open.”
Los Angeles Lakers will be happy to see Kyle Kuzma’s confidence, as they need him to step up and play a more prominent role this season. Kuzma showed flashes of talent in the past two seasons but remained inconsistent when it mattered the most. With Lakers poised for a deep playoff run, he will have to make the final step and at least play on perennial All-Star level in order for the team to be successful.