Who is the Los Angeles Lakers' most valuable rookie: Lonzo Ball or Kyle Kuzma? | The Tylt
Who is the Los Angeles Lakers' most valuable rookie: Lonzo Ball or Kyle Kuzma?
There's a reason Lonzo Ball was taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft—he is a star. Ball has shaken off his early-season jitters and is growing more and more confident every game. He may not be scoring a ton, but he has a natural feel for the game and can change the pace of play with his passing.
Ball has also been a good defender at the point guard position, shutting down the league's best point guards for stretches. Most importantly, he's all about winning. His unselfish attitude makes everyone better and keeps the rest of the team happy.
Ball might not have the scoring numbers, but he is impacting the game in other ways and is still the most important rookie the Lakers have.
A lot of people scratched their heads when the Lakers selected Kyle Kuzma later in the first round. Now, he is showing the world why. Kuzma outperformed everyone, including James Harden in the Lakers' win against the Rockets, and is averaging 17.4 points per game, second amongst all rookies—and he's shooting 50.7 percent from the field. People are still waiting for Ball to make an impact, but Kuzma has already made a significant contribution to this team.
He has not only been the Lakers' best rookie, he is arguably the team's best player.