• Kyle Kuzma is looking to unleash his true potential with the Wizards
  • Kuzma is expected to follow footsteps of former Lakers teammates
  • Consistency is seen by many for Kuzma to rise to stardom

Kyle Kuzma gets a chance to show his full potential with the Washington Wizards.

There were semblances of that at certain points during his Los Angeles Lakers career although it was inconsistent.

A reason behind that is the 26-year-old had to make do with what was available, and most know that the Lakers are built around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

When the Lakers fell in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, Kuzma was nowhere to be found.

He had to make do with spot minutes but perhaps remained the only sensible asset that other teams would be interested in.

Now with the Wizards, Kuzma has that golden chance to break out of his shell. Ironically, he also credited James for his manner of thinking in a post over at The Players’ Tribune.

Part of that new journey was perhaps the response he gave when he was asked what he is looking forward to playing for the Washington Wizards.

Kuzma responded with a simple “being myself.” It was a short response on his end although some may interpret it in different ways.

That includes some who feel that it was in response to the fact that he never really got the chance to show the Lakers and the league what he was all about.

“If I have that ability, I’ll be able to showcase what I can really do. There were parts of this year—and even anywhere else in my career—when I’m in a consistent space, I’m out there handling the ball, making teammates better, scoring, shooting, defending, rebounding. I think if I’m in that space, I’ll be good,” Kuzma told Tyler Conway of the Bleacher Report.

There is no denying that NBA fans will see a different kind of Kuzma this 2021-22 season. He will get more playing time and opportunities, something that will hopefully help him show his full potential.

Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he loses the ball between Cameron Payne #15 and Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns
Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he loses the ball between Cameron Payne #15 and Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns Getty Images | Harry How

If the rise of former young Lakers would be used as a barometer, there is reason to be optimistic.

Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson and Lonzo Ball were able to show their true worth after moving to other NBA teams.

Kuzma is expected to follow that same route. He was able to show he could co-exist with James, Davis and other high-profile names.

Hence, now is the time for him to shine and show that he is a superstar once given the right playing time and role.