The Lakers duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis have done wonders for the franchise. After being out of the playoffs for six straight years, the organization is back on track. The purple and gold are just two wins away from winning championship #17.
However, a year back, when the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis by trading two former #2 picks in Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, many were skeptical about the decision. Moreover, the Lakers decided to keep Kyle Kuzma over those two young prospects.
But at that time, Kuzma was undoubtedly performing the best among the three players. As a result, Kuz earned a spot in this phenomenal championship run. Kuz recently shared his views on being part of the 2019-20 Lakers roster.
“I could have been at home enjoying myself right now. That’s the biggest thing for us, to be here obviously. Like you said, big trades, having AD come here, and decide to put me in the mix to try to win a championship and be a part of a championship team, you know, I’m just very thankful for it.”
As Kuzma said, if he were included in the trade package for AD, he would be at home right now. However, following his terrific rookie and sophomore campaigns, Kuzma has taken a back seat to his two superstar teammates. This was expected, but in the playoffs, his productions have gone down even further.
Kuz’s recent performances have raised a question for his future with the team in the upcoming season.
Should the Lakers let go of Kyle Kuzma next season?
Kuzma is averaging just 10.1 points in the playoffs, which is even lower than his regular-season stats. Moreover, in the postseason, Kuzma’s awareness on the floor has been awful against the opposing players.
He has constantly fallen for pump fakes and taken bad shots during the entire playoffs. In a nutshell, he has failed to live up to the hype, which once gained him comparisons with Celtics star Jayson Tatum.
While Tatum has bloomed into a superstar for the Celtics, Kuz is still struggling to find his groove with the team. Honestly, he could be on the trading block in the upcoming season to sign a better role player.
But what do you think about Kuzma’s performances in the playoffs? Should the Lakers let go of him or not?