After two years exceeding expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Kuzma received an unexpected invite to USA Basketball’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup. Kuzma should have a chance to crack the roster and compete against some of the league’s best veteran players – giving him an incredible opportunity to see how his game stacks up and what he needs to keep working on.
Kuzma himself already has acknowledged how valuable the time at USA Basketball camp can be and how much of an honor it is to be able to represent his county. However, USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo spoke back in June about how Kuzma’s development since being taken as the 27th overall pick helped him stand out among others for an invitation to USA Basketball camp – which is now right around the corner.
More than just his development, Colangelo cited Kuzma’s wide array of skills as a driving force for his invitation. Able to play multiple positions, possessing good size, and a strong shot, Kuzma offers a tough matchup – especially at the international level.
Even if Kuzma doesn’t make the FIBA World Cup roster, expect him to come back from camp a different player. Kuzma is always looking for ways to improve and the time spent going head to head with other NBA vets should prove to be extremely valuable in helping him get ready to take a big step forward in his third season for the Lakers.