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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject:

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Nice interview given by Jesse Buss about Kuzma and the draft

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Buss: We’ve kept the process the same. With the input of our scouts, we all work together to orchestrate our big board, and Kuzma was the highest guy on our board when we came up at No. 27. We actually had him much higher than 27th on our board; it just worked out that he fell to us. We were ecstatic when we made the pick.

MT: I know you won’t tell me exactly where you had him on the board, but it was significantly higher?

Buss: Yes a significant number. Several spots. He was our highest ranked college prospect we’ve gotten outside the lottery (in the past several years). This being the deep draft that it was, you just felt like getting a top-20 pick – at least in our rankings – was going to be a rotational player no matter what. He gives us a different look in terms of what we have at that position.


Considering Shaw said last year that Zubac was #16 in their board, Kuzma was likely a lottery pick for the Lakers scouting team. Major props!

I think you are interpreting that out of context.
He said "college prospect" - Zu did not go to college, he was an international player
so, when you seem to be thinking that quote makes him higher rated then Shaw saying "Zu was at 16 on the board last year", it's not a correct correlation.

"Yes a significant number. Several spots" looks like Jesse actually seems to be implying they had him in the low 20's or high teens range.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject:

P.K. wrote:
Eindhoven wrote:
Nice interview given by Jesse Buss about Kuzma and the draft

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Buss: We’ve kept the process the same. With the input of our scouts, we all work together to orchestrate our big board, and Kuzma was the highest guy on our board when we came up at No. 27. We actually had him much higher than 27th on our board; it just worked out that he fell to us. We were ecstatic when we made the pick.

MT: I know you won’t tell me exactly where you had him on the board, but it was significantly higher?

Buss: Yes a significant number. Several spots. He was our highest ranked college prospect we’ve gotten outside the lottery (in the past several years). This being the deep draft that it was, you just felt like getting a top-20 pick – at least in our rankings – was going to be a rotational player no matter what. He gives us a different look in terms of what we have at that position.


Considering Shaw said last year that Zubac was #16 in their board, Kuzma was likely a lottery pick for the Lakers scouting team. Major props!

I think you are interpreting that out of context.
He said "college prospect" - Zu did not go to college, he was an international player
so, when you seem to be thinking that quote makes him higher rated then Shaw saying "Zu was at 16 on the board last year", it's not a correct correlation.

"Yes a significant number. Several spots" looks like Jesse actually seems to be implying they had him in the low 20's or high teens range.


You're right, I've missed that detail. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject:

To be fair, the Lakers have said this about every one of their picks for as far as i can remember.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:49 am    Post subject:

P.K. wrote:
Eindhoven wrote:
Nice interview given by Jesse Buss about Kuzma and the draft

LINK

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Buss: We’ve kept the process the same. With the input of our scouts, we all work together to orchestrate our big board, and Kuzma was the highest guy on our board when we came up at No. 27. We actually had him much higher than 27th on our board; it just worked out that he fell to us. We were ecstatic when we made the pick.

MT: I know you won’t tell me exactly where you had him on the board, but it was significantly higher?

Buss: Yes a significant number. Several spots. He was our highest ranked college prospect we’ve gotten outside the lottery (in the past several years). This being the deep draft that it was, you just felt like getting a top-20 pick – at least in our rankings – was going to be a rotational player no matter what. He gives us a different look in terms of what we have at that position.


Considering Shaw said last year that Zubac was #16 in their board, Kuzma was likely a lottery pick for the Lakers scouting team. Major props!

I think you are interpreting that out of context.
He said "college prospect" - Zu did not go to college, he was an international player
so, when you seem to be thinking that quote makes him higher rated then Shaw saying "Zu was at 16 on the board last year", it's not a correct correlation.

"Yes a significant number. Several spots" looks like Jesse actually seems to be implying they had him in the low 20's or high teens range.


Agreed, P.K.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject:

P.K. wrote:
Eindhoven wrote:
Nice interview given by Jesse Buss about Kuzma and the draft

LINK

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Buss: We’ve kept the process the same. With the input of our scouts, we all work together to orchestrate our big board, and Kuzma was the highest guy on our board when we came up at No. 27. We actually had him much higher than 27th on our board; it just worked out that he fell to us. We were ecstatic when we made the pick.

MT: I know you won’t tell me exactly where you had him on the board, but it was significantly higher?

Buss: Yes a significant number. Several spots. He was our highest ranked college prospect we’ve gotten outside the lottery (in the past several years). This being the deep draft that it was, you just felt like getting a top-20 pick – at least in our rankings – was going to be a rotational player no matter what. He gives us a different look in terms of what we have at that position.


Considering Shaw said last year that Zubac was #16 in their board, Kuzma was likely a lottery pick for the Lakers scouting team. Major props!

I think you are interpreting that out of context.
He said "college prospect" - Zu did not go to college, he was an international player
so, when you seem to be thinking that quote makes him higher rated then Shaw saying "Zu was at 16 on the board last year", it's not a correct correlation.

"Yes a significant number. Several spots" looks like Jesse actually seems to be implying they had him in the low 20's or high teens range.


Sounds like he was talking somewhere in the 17-20 range.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:53 am    Post subject:

pjiddy wrote:
To be fair, the Lakers have said this about every one of their picks for as far as i can remember.


It was the standard Mitch quote after every pick.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:45 pm    Post subject:

Every pick the Lakers make is the person who's their highest draft prospect on their board.

Clarkson
Larry Nance Jr
Zubac
Kyle Kuzma

Those guys were all the highest on their board at their time of drafting them, that has always been the formula with Jesse, Ryan and Mitch. Whomever is their highest ranked prospect when their number comes is who they draft.

the most important thing is that Kuzma was their highest on the board that fell to them in the last several years. That means that they had Kuzma overall on the board higher than Clarkson, Nance or Zubac before him.

For instance if they had Clarkson as a 17th prospect, Nance at 18th highest, Zubac as their 20th highest, then Kuzma may have been a guy they ranked 15th or higher in the lottery that fell to them. Which is a very good thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:14 pm    Post subject:

The Lakers think Kyle Kuzma can play small forward

The front office sees a lot of versatility in their young forward.


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Between his hot shooting and quick feet on the perimeter allowing him to defend laterally, some noise was starting to build about Kuzma getting minutes at small forward during the upcoming season despite most assuming he was just a power forward when he was taken 27th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

During an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Lakers Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager Jesse Buss revealed he’s among those that think Kuzma can play both positions:.


https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/8/29/16224292/la-lakers-kyle-kuzma-small-forward-power-forward-nba-summer-league-stats-lonzo-ball
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject:

Lakers Explain Why They Have High Expectations For Kyle Kuzma


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assistant GM and director of scouting Jesse Buss admits Kuzma was the highest ranked prospect they've gotten out of the lottery in several years and explains why they have such high expectations for their No. 27 pick. Plus, why do they have so much faith in Kuzma's shooting ability?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject:

pio2u wrote:
The Lakers think Kyle Kuzma can play small forward

The front office sees a lot of versatility in their young forward.


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Between his hot shooting and quick feet on the perimeter allowing him to defend laterally, some noise was starting to build about Kuzma getting minutes at small forward during the upcoming season despite most assuming he was just a power forward when he was taken 27th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

During an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Lakers Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager Jesse Buss revealed he’s among those that think Kuzma can play both positions:.


https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/8/29/16224292/la-lakers-kyle-kuzma-small-forward-power-forward-nba-summer-league-stats-lonzo-ball


That's great news if he can play the 3 too. Ingram & Kuz could be our 3's for years and years to come. If Kuz out plays all our forwards then that's just a really good problem to have, although I have a feeling Ingram will be the best forward we have.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject:

AFireInside619 wrote:
pio2u wrote:
The Lakers think Kyle Kuzma can play small forward

The front office sees a lot of versatility in their young forward. :nod:


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Between his hot shooting and quick feet on the perimeter allowing him to defend laterally, some noise was starting to build about Kuzma getting minutes at small forward during the upcoming season despite most assuming he was just a power forward when he was taken 27th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

During an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Lakers Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager Jesse Buss revealed he’s among those that think Kuzma can play both positions:.


https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/8/29/16224292/la-lakers-kyle-kuzma-small-forward-power-forward-nba-summer-league-stats-lonzo-ball


That's great news if he can play the 3 too. Ingram & Kuz could be our 3's for years and years to come. If Kuz out plays all our forwards then that's just a really good problem to have, although I have a feeling Ingram will be the best forward we have.


Next year

Brook Lopez (hometown discount)/Zubac
James/Nance or Randle
Ingram/Kuzma
George/Hart
Ball/Clarkson
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:00 pm    Post subject:

Yong wrote:
AFireInside619 wrote:
pio2u wrote:
The Lakers think Kyle Kuzma can play small forward

The front office sees a lot of versatility in their young forward.


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Between his hot shooting and quick feet on the perimeter allowing him to defend laterally, some noise was starting to build about Kuzma getting minutes at small forward during the upcoming season despite most assuming he was just a power forward when he was taken 27th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

During an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Lakers Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager Jesse Buss revealed he’s among those that think Kuzma can play both positions:.


https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/8/29/16224292/la-lakers-kyle-kuzma-small-forward-power-forward-nba-summer-league-stats-lonzo-ball


That's great news if he can play the 3 too. Ingram & Kuz could be our 3's for years and years to come. If Kuz out plays all our forwards then that's just a really good problem to have, although I have a feeling Ingram will be the best forward we have.


Next year

Brook Lopez (hometown discount)/Zubac
James/Nance or Randle
Ingram/Kuzma
George/Hart
Ball/Clarkson


Next year is not mathematically possible

Only way to keep Lopez and/or Jules is to trade Deng and Clarkson while not taking back any money. JC, I think is very possible to move. Deng, not so much.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject:

The PF of the future

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In the annual rookie survey, Kuzma placed in the top five for the categories of likely Rookie of the Year, best career and best shooter.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject:

Kyle Kuzma is an intriguing prospect
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Even though he won’t start for the Los Angeles Lakers, rookie Kyle Kuzma is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:29 am    Post subject:

markjay wrote:
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I'll wait till I see Julius paired with Lonzo before comparing. My hunch is Zo makes a big difference. Also to see Kuz vs real NBA comp. Julius has had quite a few monster games in the NBA already.


As GT has said, it shouldn't take long to see if they have chemistry together either. It literally took Kuz and Zo just one game to click.


I agree it shouldn't take long but not necessarily a single game. SPL comp is significantly different than reg NBA. We won't even KCP for the first two games with his suspension. But if Zo looks comfortable then it shouldn't take long for the other players to gel


With KCP out the first two games, what do people think of this starting lineup?
PG: Lonzo
SG: Ingram
SF: Kuzma
PF: Randle
C: Lopez


I love this lineup if Randle and Bi breakout as i suspect they will and Lonzo and Kuz are steals of the draft. Lopez will get a lot of love as the center you want for Walton's coaching vision.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject:

pio2u wrote:
The Lakers think Kyle Kuzma can play small forward

The front office sees a lot of versatility in their young forward.


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Between his hot shooting and quick feet on the perimeter allowing him to defend laterally, some noise was starting to build about Kuzma getting minutes at small forward during the upcoming season despite most assuming he was just a power forward when he was taken 27th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

During an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Lakers Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager Jesse Buss revealed he’s among those that think Kuzma can play both positions:.


https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/8/29/16224292/la-lakers-kyle-kuzma-small-forward-power-forward-nba-summer-league-stats-lonzo-ball


Of course he can play 3. The people here that constantly spout out otherwise is insane to me.

Especially as a backup wing, which backup player exactly would Kuzma be unable to guard?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject:

Megaton wrote:
pio2u wrote:
The Lakers think Kyle Kuzma can play small forward

The front office sees a lot of versatility in their young forward.


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Between his hot shooting and quick feet on the perimeter allowing him to defend laterally, some noise was starting to build about Kuzma getting minutes at small forward during the upcoming season despite most assuming he was just a power forward when he was taken 27th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

During an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Lakers Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager Jesse Buss revealed he’s among those that think Kuzma can play both positions:.


https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/8/29/16224292/la-lakers-kyle-kuzma-small-forward-power-forward-nba-summer-league-stats-lonzo-ball


Of course he can play 3. The people here that constantly spout out otherwise is insane to me.

Especially as a backup wing, which backup player exactly would Kuzma be unable to guard?


Agreed, he showed he can run the floor and has decent speed. He could hold his on in certain situations. Plus he will be able to easily get his shot off against most SF's.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:11 am    Post subject:

https://twitter.com/Lakers/status/910201837726269440 watched this dunk like 12 times. The sideways takeoff got me thinking of young Kobe lol


It was basically Kobe's patented takeoff https://youtu.be/T6UnitdiLo0?t=5m6s
https://youtu.be/T6UnitdiLo0?t=6m44s
How the off-arm sticks out
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Westbrook is completely a 2footed leaper. Maybe the speed at which they attack, allows them that extra beat to put another foot down.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject:

oldlakerfan wrote:
markjay wrote:
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greenfrog wrote:
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I'll wait till I see Julius paired with Lonzo before comparing. My hunch is Zo makes a big difference. Also to see Kuz vs real NBA comp. Julius has had quite a few monster games in the NBA already.


As GT has said, it shouldn't take long to see if they have chemistry together either. It literally took Kuz and Zo just one game to click.


I agree it shouldn't take long but not necessarily a single game. SPL comp is significantly different than reg NBA. We won't even KCP for the first two games with his suspension. But if Zo looks comfortable then it shouldn't take long for the other players to gel


With KCP out the first two games, what do people think of this starting lineup?
PG: Lonzo
SG: Ingram
SF: Kuzma
PF: Randle
C: Lopez


I love this lineup if Randle and Bi breakout as i suspect they will and Lonzo and Kuz are steals of the draft. Lopez will get a lot of love as the center you want for Walton's coaching vision.

I hope you are right.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject:

Another Dunk

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject:

This kid reminds me of a young Robert Horry
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