Kyle Kuzma arrived in Washington as part of a package from the L.A. Lakers in the Russell Westbrook trade. Kuzma is one of just two remaining pieces from that trade still in D.C., along with his Laker teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Though Montrezl Harrell and Spencer Dinwiddie have since shipped off at the trade deadline, Kuzma remains a vital part of the Wizards' starting lineup.
Kuzma has gone viral on social media multiple times since he was drafted 27th overall out of Utah in the 2017 NBA Draft. Playing alongside LeBron James will also draw extra attention to a player, but Kuzma also garnered media attention thanks to his short-lived relationship with Kendall Jenner and for his pregame fashion choices--including his extremely large pink sweater.
Here's everything you need to know about one of the Wizards' brightest young stars:
Kyle Kuzma's Bio
- Height: 6-foot-9
- Weight: 221 pounds
- Birthdate: July 24, 1995
- Age: 26
- Birthplace: Flint, Michigan
- NBA experience: 4 full seasons (2018-22)
- Jersey No. 33
Kyle Kuzma's Career Stats
Kuzma has been productive on the wing since he entered the pros. Here are his career statistics (through May 11, 2022):
- 342 games, 30.4 minutes per game
- 15.6 PPG, 2.2 APG, 6.2 RPG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
- 44.9% FG, 33.9% 3P, 72.3% FT
Kyle Kuzma's Contract Details
Kyle Kuzma inked his current contract while he was still with the Los Angeles Lakers, in December of 2020. The deal was for three years, $39 million, with all the money guaranteed. The contract is a very even one, as Kuzma has earned $13 million for the first year of the deal and will earn another $13 million this season. He will be under contract through 2023-24 with Washington, barring a trade.
What is Kyle Kuzma's role with the Wizards?
Since arriving in the nation's capital following the Westbrook trade, Kuzma has impressed coaches and fans during his time as a Wizard. Head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has relied on Kuzma as one of the team's starting forwards, playing alongside fellow former Laker Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the starting lineup.
Kuzma has shown a knack for hitting clutch threes, which he's done almost on a gamely basis throughout his first season in Washington. It seems like whenever the clock is going down and Washington needs a huge bucket, Kuzma is there to supply it.
Kuzma has also increased his rebounding total from his first few seasons. Kuzma's 8.5 rebounds per game in his first year in D.C. are far and away the best he's posted in his career. His 3.5 assists and 0.9 blocks per game are also career-highs. Look for Kuzma to retain a vital role in Washington's rotation.