That’s right, with all the buzz understandably swirling around top-10 picks from this summer’s loaded draft class, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kuzma has crashed the party with yet another strong performance.
Just compare his overall numbers with those of Jayson Tatum, the No. 3 pick who’s garnered significantly more attention in the sports and on social media.
After dropping 20 on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Kuzma’s averages are up to 18.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds, three assists, 1.5 blocks and a steal per game. Tatum, meanwhile, is putting up 17.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting, eight rebounds and one assist per game.
Elsewhere, Smith continues to wow with his explosiveness. A 25-point performance on Thursday brought his summer average up to 20. And this near dunk shared by CJ Fogler nearly brought him internet immortality:
And Ball, easily the best passer in Vegas this summer, just put up his second triple-double, which also happens to be the second triple-double here in the last decade, per Sports Illustrated‘s Ben Golliver:
He, Kuzma, Smith and the rest of the players on winning teams will take the day off Friday, while the consolation bracket moves forward.
- Hawks vs. Rockets, 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU
- Timberwolves vs. Wizards, 4:30 p.m. on NBA TV
- Jazz vs. Bucks, 6 p.m. ET on ESPNU
- Warriors vs. Clippers, 6:30 p.m. ET
- Pelicans vs. Nuggets, 8 p.m. ET
- 76ers vs. Bulls, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV
- Suns vs. Kings, 10 p.m. ET
- Cavaliers vs. Raptors, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Boston Celtics (4-0)
- Dallas Mavericks (4-0)
- Memphis Grizzlies (4-0)
- Miami Heat (4-1)
- Brooklyn Nets (3-1)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1)
- Los Angeles Clippers (3-1)
- San Antonio Spurs (3-1)
- Toronto Raptors (3-1)
- Los Angeles Lakers (3-2)
- Portland Trail Blazers (3-2)
- Atlanta Hawks (2-2)
- Houston Rockets (2-2)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (2-2)
- Phoenix Suns (2-3)
- Chicago Bulls (1-3)
- Milwaukee Bucks (1-3)
- Philadelphia 76ers (1-3)
- Denver Nuggets (1-4)
- Golden State Warriors (1-4)
- New Orleans Pelicans (1-4)
- Sacramento Kings (1-4)
- Utah Jazz (0-4)
- Washington Wizards (0-4)
Friday’s Matchup to Watch
The Jazz may be 0-4, but they have one of this summer’s most exciting players in No. 13 pick Donovan Mitchell.
If you count his games in the Utah Jazz Summer League, Mitchell is averaging 20.4 points and 4.4 steals per game. In Vegas alone, he’s at a whopping 28 and six. Yes, six steals per game.
His activity on the defensive end of the floor is electrifying and already has Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman looking at him as an early candidate for Rookie of the Year.
“The most pleasant surprise has been his defensive activity that’s led to 22 steals in five games,” Wasserman wrote. “He’s made and lost gambles, but he’s also won a fair share and converted them into easy points. He’s pressured opponents—including the bigger Jayson Tatum—into turnovers and loss of confidence.”
His intensity on defense, in combination with his attack-always mentality on the other end, has made Mitchell a must-watch for summer league viewers. And he’s the headliner for Friday’s slate.
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