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NBA: The 3 best Los Angeles Lakers' performers of 2018

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#2 Kyle Kuzma

Kuzma has been a good surprise for the Lakers
Kuzma has been a good surprise for the Lakers

Kyle Kuzma's performances were one of the biggest surprises of the 2017/18 NBA season, and he has further improved so far this season. After playing three years of college basketball, Kuzma was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Nets. Nevertheless, Kuzma was quickly sent to the Lakers, after Magic Johnson made the decision to trade away D'Angelo Russell.

In his first season in LA, Kuzma benefited from a weak Lakers roster to quickly impose himself as one of the teams key players. The 23-year-old finished the 2017/18 season averaging 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and despite all the Lakers summer acquisitions, Kuzma has remained a vital part of the Lakers offence.

Kuzma is averaging 18.8 points so far this season, and he is arguably the Lakers' best player behind LeBron. Evidently, Lakers fans will be hoping that the power forward is kept out of any trade talks for Anthony Davis.