The development of players is something to watch in the Orlando Bubble. A lot of young players will have the opportunity to play in the playoffs for the first time. They will gain valuable experience. Kyle Kuzma is one of those players. According to his coach Frank Vogel, Kyle Kuzma can get a lot better.
Kuzma was a late first-round pick that showed a lot of potential. In his third year, he has become the third piece to a team that is first in the Western Conference. This season he is averaging 12.5 points per game after averaging a career-high 18.7 points per game last year. The playoffs will be a great opportunity to show more growth after a disappointing year.
According to SB Nation, Frank Vogel said:
“Obviously he can get a lot better — he’s a young player, but he brings a lot to the table right now,” Vogel said. “And he’s in a difficult predicament, because a lot of his counterparts at his age that are on teams without established superstars are getting bigger roles, and he certainly is capable of that, but his role is going to be different on this team. And he’s had great acceptance of trying to find ways to contribute to winning basketball and has had a great attitude about it.”
“It’s actually helped him to round out his game so to speak, rather than just focusing on scoring. The defense, the rebounding, the hustle plays that maybe you’re not focused on as much if you’re the young focal point of an offense. So I think in the long run this is really going to help his career.”
While the addition of Anthony Davis has hurt his career, Kuzma is still a valuable option to this team. The third leg in a LeBron James led team has always had to take the fall.
Players like Kevin Love and Chris Bosh were once in Kuzma’s position. They fell into obscurity, because that was just what the offense demanded. Kuzma is a young player that has more time to develop.