Former Runnin' Ute Kyle Kuzma has burst onto the scene early in the first year of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and on Friday he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for his efforts in October and November.
Through his first 20 games, Kuzma is averaging a team-high 16.7 points on 50.4 percent shooting, including a team-high 37.9 percent from 3-point range. He's also posting 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game and is the first rookie in NBA history to notch at least 330 points, 120 rebounds and 30 made three-pointers in the first 20 games of his career.
The 27th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, Kuzma has started 11 games with success because of an injury to Larry Nance Jr., but Los Angeles head coach Luke Walton put Nance Jr. back in the starting five on Nov. 27 and then Kuzma missed the Lakers' Nov. 29 loss to the Golden State Warriors because of back spasms.
According to the team, Kuzma was a full participant in practice Friday and is questionable for a matchup Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.
Philadelphia's Ben Simmons won Rookie of the Month honors for the Eastern Conference.