Kyle Kuzma (PF, Utah)

 

Measurables: 6’9.5”, 7’0” wingspan,  222 lbs, 21.8 years old

Strengths

  • Moves well in space
  • Good length for power forward spot
  • Capable, committed rebounder – hustles on boards
  • Strong, uses size to box out
  • Decent lateral quickness hanging with guards
  • Nice jumper mechanics, stretches out to 3 point line
  • Decent straight line driver
  • Heady as roll man and as cutter
  • Nice touch inside – 56% on 2 point shots for career
  • Solid defensive value stats
  • Improved as playmaker during college career
  • Made strides in all areas from sophomore to junior year – wasn’t afraid of expanded role

Weaknesses

  • Middling leaping ability
  • Not really explosive near rim
  • Needs to add strength to bang with NBA 4s
  • Has to add overall consistency on offense – especially with jumper
  • Low defensive activity – low block/steal numbers
  • Has to add discipline on offense, play smarter
  • Will have to rely on skill near rim rather than explosiveness
  • Defense improved during junior season but still doesn’t project as plus defender
  • Doesn’t have an elite skill to rely on
  • Average size overall as a power forward

Overall

  • Kuzma is a nice player who does a number of things well. He’s got a workable shot and he’s a talented rebounder. He projects as an offensively skilled 4 who won’t kill the team on defense. That might not mean starter upside, but he looks like he has the tools to be a useful rotation player in the NBA. Rebounding almost always translates, and if he can get more consistent with his shot and defensive effort he could be a real piece. His performance at the combine was a glimpse into the type of player he can be when his 3 point shot is falling – it’s just a matter of him doing that consistently.

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