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The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread

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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#81 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:24 pm

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payitforward wrote:I understand what you mean, Ruz. But, that's at a level of abstraction irrelevant to my point.

If we have, let's say, Dinwiddie, Beal, KCP & Gafford on the floor with Kuzma, then he is playing the 4 by definition.

OTOH, if we have Kuzma on the floor with, say, Gafford & Harrell, then even if he isn't playing the 3 "by definition" the effect is the same.

But your examples are only true because of the players you chose to team him with - which usually won't be the case. I think the "definitions" you're using there are not relevant most of the time. Gafford and Harrell might never play together, for example.

Fair enough. But you get my first case, I think. If Kuzma is on the floor with "Dinwiddie, Beal, KCP & Gafford..., then he is playing the 4 by definition."

Really, I'm making a point that isn't worth quite this much attention. It reflects a simple fact: if you look at Kuzma's numbers per 40 minutes they are, overall, a bit better than an average 3 but, overall, a bit below an average 4. Thus if you play him with an average 4 as the other forward, the combined numbers of the two forwards will probably be better than they will be if you play him with an average 3. The difference is likely below the noise level on a whole season.
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Just Kuz 

Post#82 » by daSwami » Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:47 pm

Mods, feel free to merge if a Kuzma Appreciation thread already exists, but I didn't see one, which is makes me sad :( because Kuz is more than just "meh" trade-filler and it's very mean that EVERYONE thought that about him, when I've been saying all along that he's probably not as bad as he seems. Anyway, let this be a shrine to all things Kuz.

I'll start by saying that his face-up game reminds me a lot of Caron Butler, which I love.
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Re: Just Kuz 

Post#83 » by tontoz » Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:47 pm

Currently tied with Giannis at 6th in the league in rebounding.
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Re: Just Kuz 

Post#84 » by J-Ves » Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:45 pm

His defensive rebounding has been transcendent
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Re: Just Kuz 

Post#85 » by payitforward » Mon Nov 1, 2021 12:03 am

tontoz wrote:Currently tied with Giannis at 6th in the league in rebounding.

That's in total rebounds I believe -- which has something to do with how many minutes a guy is playing.

All the same, he's certainly rebounding great! He's getting 72% more rebounds per 40 minutes than he did last year. Wow! &, yes, his defensive rebounding is especially impressive.

But his 2pt%, 3pt% & (especially!) FT% are all off. That's something to watch. If those come back to last year's levels, it will help a whole lot!

Even with those scoring problems, Kuz's current numbers place his overall productivity at a career high.
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Re: Just Kuz 

Post#86 » by Dat2U » Mon Nov 1, 2021 12:15 am

Kuzma has been solid as a secondary shot creator & great on the boards. His effort & length on defense have been good as well. If he can keep the board work up... I see no reason why he shouldn't remain the starting PF.
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Re: Just Kuz 

Post#87 » by NatP4 » Mon Nov 1, 2021 1:02 am

Agreed. Surprised by his effort and switch-ability on defense and the rebounding.

Expected the secondary shot creation.
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Re: Just Kuz 

Post#88 » by payitforward » Mon Nov 1, 2021 1:16 am

Dat2U wrote:Kuzma has been solid as a secondary shot creator & great on the boards. His effort & length on defense have been good as well. If he can keep the board work up... I see no reason why he shouldn't remain the starting PF.

I agree totally! Hey, we are 5-1 -- not the usual time to make lineup changes.

At the same time, that 5-1 record includes 2 overtime victories, one of which took 2 OTs. So we should probably not get ahead of ourselves in thinking about a 10-2 record. Or 20-4. Or....

Let's see... what does 5-1 extend to on the whole season? 68 wins? I like it!
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#89 » by doclinkin » Mon Nov 1, 2021 1:59 am

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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#90 » by DCZards » Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:56 am

Had to dig deep to find this thread. But let's show some love for Kuz. He was good in the Bucks game and even better tonight.

Beginning to look like being on a new team, with a new coach and a new role is just what the doctor ordered for Kuz's career.
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#91 » by jangles86 » Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:19 am

Having a great start to the season and he’s a great pickup for this franchise.
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#92 » by Chocolate City Jordanaire » Thu Nov 11, 2021 6:37 am

DCZards wrote:Had to dig deep to find this thread. But let's show some love for Kuz. He was good in the Bucks game and even better tonight.

Beginning to look like being on a new team, with a new coach and a new role is just what the doctor ordered for Kuz's career.
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#93 » by Ruzious » Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:26 am

2 stats stick out as being easily the best of Kuz' career: 9.9 rebounds per 36 minutes and 38.9% from 3. We need him to keep them up.
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#94 » by long suffrin' boulez fan » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:06 pm

Ruzious wrote:2 stats stick out as being easily the best of Kuz' career: 9.9 rebounds per 36 minutes and 38.9% from 3. We need him to keep them up.


Again, Kuz’s emergence reminds me of the year that a previously inconsistent Ariza had his breakout season with us. We kept waiting for him to regress, but he never did.

Fingers crossed Kyle is on a similar trajectory. A 6’10 guy who can guard multiple positions and shoot a bit? I’d have that guy on my team any day… especially if he can be the third or fourth option.
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#95 » by tontoz » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:16 pm

Two 3s in the last 30 seconds to win by 1 was pretty epic. :bowdown:
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#96 » by JWizmentality » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:27 pm

We love you Kuz!! This city knows your worth!
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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#97 » by FAH1223 » Thu Nov 11, 2021 6:57 pm

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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#99 » by doclinkin » Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:39 am

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Re: The Official Kyle Kuzma Thread 

Post#100 » by Chocolate City Jordanaire » Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:44 am

Thanks for posting this, DCZ!

This is exciting and a lot of fun. Hyping Kuzma and praising Beal (and rightly so!).

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