Golden State Warriors: 7 Rising Stars they can target in next two seasons

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4. Kyle Kuzma

A late first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Kyle Kuzma has come into his own as a well-rounded offensive talent.

As a rookie, Kuzma put up 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. His athleticism and shooting ability made him a capable scorer from each spot on the floor. As a result, he quickly became one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ top options on offense.

Then, LeBron James joined the roster. He improved his scoring in his first season alongside the King, acting as James’ most reliable sidekick. But, since Anthony Davis stole the show, Kuzma has been reduced to a third option at best.

Kuzma has done his best to buy into his new role but playing in Davis’ shadow has been rough at times. He was at his best when he was playing consistent minutes at the four alongside James. This season, Kuzma started in only seven games and played many more minutes at small forward. Consequently, his numbers have dipped significantly and he has been torched on defense by quicker opponents.

The Warriors could target Kuzma when he becomes a free agent next season. Kuzma would be a nice addition to the Dubs if he is able to refind his jump shot and begin hitting with consistency from the 3-point line again.

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