2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS (KYLE KUZMA)

2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

KYLE KUZMA

 

COLLEGE: UTAH

HEIGHT:  6’9″

WEIGHT:  220 POUNDS

POSITION: POWER FORWARD

CLASS: JUNIOR

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION:     LATE FIRST TO EARLY MID-SECOND ROUND

PLAYER SUMMARY: One of the more underrated players in the PAC-12 Conference and in college basketball is Kyle Kuzma. The junior who played at Utah entered the draft early and is garnering serious interest from NBA scouts.

We watched Kuzma live a few times due to them being on the West Coast. After reviewing his overall game, the power forwards looks to have a few attributes that fit into today’s NBA game. The First Team All-Pac 12 member averaged 16.4 pts and 9.3 reb last season for the Utes. He’s reportedly had very strong individual workouts with teams leading up to the June NBA Draft.

Kuzma can play both forward spots, as versatility is key in the NBA. What impressed us when watching him play was his playmaking ability. At 6’9″, Kuzma is a very good passer and solid-ball-handler. He shows the ability to get to the basket and finish for himself or dish for an assist.

The big-man plays hard and is an above average athlete. He rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor and shows a good basketball IQ. He seems to be near the ball often. H has good size and strength, although he can gain to get stronger in order to handle the rigors of an NBA season. 

Kuzma shows the potential to be a stretch-4 in the NBA. This is the position where we think he will fit best. While he shows a nice 12-15 foot jump-shot, he will need to continue to expand his range. If he can hit the outside jumper consistently, his stock will rise.

The junior will need to develop a few low post moves for the next level. This will help round out his overall game. On the defensive end, he holds his own. Again, this is why we believe he needs to get a little bit stronger.

The more we watch Kyle Kuzma play, the more intriguing a player he becomes. He has a very nice overall skill-set for a 6’9″ player. If he stayed in college and entered the 2018 NBA Draft, he would most likely have been a top 20 pick. In what is a loaded 2017 NBA Draft, he looks to be an early 2nd round pick.

We wouldn’t be surprised if he landed in the back-end of the first round. Kuzma’s rebounding and developing offensive skills might be too tempting for a team to pass up late in the first round. We believe Kuzma can eventually develop into a very good back-up big-man, maybe even a future starter.

BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF KYLE KUZMA

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