After four years with the Lakers, Kuzma is having best season yet. He is averaging a 17.2 points, a career-high 8.7 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 assists, nearly double from last season.
“It’s been a great change of pace for me, a change of scenery,” Kuzma said, via Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “I did as much as I (could) to maximize (myself) when I was with my former team, with changing my role every single year for the betterment of the team and trying to fit in with great players. But here, it’s been a lot different, because I don’t necessarily have to do that.”
While the Lakers have an old “title or bust” squad that has struggled, the Wizards seemingly have a brighter future thanks to the likes of Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis and Beal when he’s finally healthy.
“My role has changed here. If you think about the first 25 games, I was in a different type of role than I am now — more scoring and just doing more things with the ball,” Kuzma said. “It’s just great to be in a situation where I can just be myself and do what I do, and not dummy myself down.”