Los Angeles Lakers: 5 reasons why trading Kyle Kuzma is a bad idea

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4. He can play and defend multiple positions

Kuzma is versatile, he can play multiple positions on the floor. With that being said, he can also step up and guard multiple positions as well. His defense has taken a big leap this year as he is currently ranking out as a very good 104.4 defensive rating.

His first two years in the league he seemed hesitant on both offense and defense. He has slowly started to break out of that. He is taking the challenges of guarding both forward positions and has quick enough feet to stay with guards.

That was something he struggled with his first two seasons and you’re starting to see the growth. He put in a lot of work over the offseason to improve his defense and it has paid off.

On offense, he looks as confident as ever. Although his shooting numbers have dipped percentage-wise, his offensive rating is a career-high at 111.1. In addition, he is showing his abilities to put the ball on the floor and dribble.

Here against OKC he showed his talented abilities on offense and put on a dazzling display with AD and Bron out. If the Lakers can get this all year long, they will be clear cut favorites to win the championship.

As a starter, Kuzma has an absurd 123.9 rating in his five games in the starting lineup. His offensive game is far from polished, but his ceiling is really high and the Lakers know that.