In their final tune-up game before trimming the roster down to 12 and heading to the FIBA World Cup, USA Basketball pulled out a 90-81 win over the talented Spanish squad. Making his case to be among the final 12 was Lakers’ third-year forward Kyle Kuzma. While not putting up eye-popping stats in any one area, Kuzma put together a very solid all-around game and was a crucial part of the Lakers’ late run to help seal the game.
Finishing the game with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in roughly 17 minutes, Kuzma got significantly more runtime compared to the Blue vs White scrimmage and made the most of it by putting up some quality minutes on both sides of the ball. Kuzma has shown himself to be more than a willing passer so far and with players dropping from the roster like flies, it seems likely that Kuzma has cemented himself a position on the team.
With the recent news that both De’Aaron Fox and PJ Tucker have stepped down from the team, there now are 13 players vying for 12 roster spots – helping to make coach Gregg Popovich’s job a bit easier. Given Kuzma’s strong production today as well as his versatility in playing both forward spots, he looks to be in a strong position to make the final 12 man roster that will be playing in the FIBA World Cup in China.