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Moore: Separating Fact from Fiction With Kyle Kuzma’s Trade Value to the Lakers


John McCoy/Getty Images. Pictured: Kyle Kuzma (0) of the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • If you ask any random NBA fan, Kyle Kuzma is either overrated or underrated -- there's no in between.
  • Matt Moore cuts through the noise to determine how good Kuzma actually is right now and whether he should be moved in a trade.

There is no greater example of “The Laker Effect” on player perception than Kyle Kuzma. We’ve seen many throughout NBA history, all leading to absolutely horrible contracts once they leave the vaunted, storied franchise.

(Shoutout Ronny Turiaf, shoutout Shannon Brown)

The idea of Kuzma is much greater than the reality of Kuzma, exaggerated by his media and social media profile based on his playing for the most popular franchise in basketball.

Here’s what Kuzma is: a solid reserve stretch forward who can shoot a decent percentage over the course of the season (with some wild swings instead of a consistent percentage), with good size and athleticism, who is best served as a minutes-filler than a real component in the core of a team.

Odds as of Monday evening and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Here are some Kuzma facts:

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