Jared Dudley
Jan 1, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley (10) warms up for the game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Dudley believes Kyle Kuzma is the third star of the Los Angeles Lakers behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

In 54 games before the suspension of the NBA season, Kuzma averaged 12.5 points for the Lakers.

“Our third guy is Kyle Kuzma. Now, has Kyle Kuzma been exactly consistent to the point where you have him as the third guy? I think people have to realize it’s him being behind AD, and Bron being able to move to the four sometimes takes his full minutes, but any time AD has missed a game, I guarantee if you look at those numbers he’s averaging over 20.

For me, in my eyes, I look at this team, Kyle Kuzma is our third guy…For us, I look at it as an opportunity for Kyle Kuzma to solidify being the third guy not only for the media but for this team and what I view him as,” Dudley told reporters, via Ryan Ward of Clutchpoints.