Los Angeles Lakers: 3 things needed to catch Milwaukee Bucks in standings

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1. Raise Kyle Kuzma’s Confidence Level

After averaging 18.7 points per game last year in just his second year in the NBA, the Lakers insisted that Kyle Kuzma not be included in the deal for Anthony Davis.

Unfortunately, it’s been former Laker Brandon Ingram having the breakout season that’s left many Laker fans questioning if the front office made the right call.

While the Pelicans fight for a playoff birth and a possible matchup with the Lakers, Ingram has been undoubtedly the most notable catalyst.

So far this season, Ingram has played his way into his first-ever All-Star game with averages of 24.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. To make matters worse for the Laker faithful, he’s also shot an impressive 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from deep so far this season.

With Kuzma averaging just 12.5 points on 43 percent shooting, it’s easy to be discouraged. However, it’s important to not let Ingram, Ball, and the other former Lakers affect his confidence.

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With an aging superstar in need of rest down the stretch of the season, Kuzma will have a golden opportunity to bolster his confidence. It will be crucial for the Lakers to find a way to get him playing well if they hope to rest Anthony Davis and LeBron James for the playoffs while finishing with the league’s best record.