Los Angeles Lakers: Who deserves to play in the clutch during playoffs?

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Kyle Kuzma

The Los Angeles Lakers would be crazy to not at least consider playing third-year player Kyle Kuzma in the clutch during the playoffs. Kuzma is currently the Lakers’ third-leading scorer at 12.5 points per game, which unfortunately is a major drop off from 18.7 points per game during his 2018-19 campaign.

He has yet to find a consistent groove this season, but he recently played very well during the Lakers’ scrimmage against the Orlando Magic last week, putting up a team-high 25 points on 10-13 shooting off the bench.

If this is a sign of what’s to come during the playoffs, Kuzma may finally prove that he is the third scoring option the Lakers have expected from him all season long, and maybe he’ll be able to hit some clutch shots in important games come August.