POSITION: Combo Forward
WEIGHT: 220 lbs
SCHOOL/ TEAM: Utah
Kyle Kuzma can play. He's a very good athlete at the 4 in today's NBA. I like his activity on the glass. He can shoot the 3, put the ball on the floor and use advanced moves, and he can also push the break off of a rebound. I've noticed a nice face up game too. Defensively he has the lateral quickness to hedge and even switch out on to guards in PNR. There's a lot to like about Kuzma and I think he could be a steal for someone late in the first round.
At Utah, he operated a lot on the block. That's going to be good for when guards switch and he has a mismatch, but Kuzma's primary focus should be on being more of a consistent threat from 3. He's going to have to become a better decision maker in the middle of the floor as he was prone to turnovers. He's athletic with a running start but he could stand to add a floater ala Draymond Green.
Stretch 4 capabilities
Plays a lot with his back to the basket
Quick second jump, active on the glass
Good dive man
Can put the ball on the ground
Runs the floor like wing
Has the mobility to switch out on guards in PNR
Contests without fouling
AREAS OF CONCERN:
Will he be able to finish in traffic?
Needs to improve his 3 ball (33%)
Needs to become a better decision maker since he will be in more PNR
Not a rim protector
JAMES BARLOWE - MARCH 15, 2017