Kyle Kuzma is an American professional basketball player who was born in Flint, Michigan in July 1995. He is a 6 feet 9 inches / 206 Cm power forward who played at Bentley High School. He played his college basketball at Utah where he was named first-team All-Pac-12 in 2017. He was selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft with the 27th overall pick and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. Along with that, he won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 2020 before being traded to the Wizards in 2021.
|Real Name||Kyle Alexander Kuzma.|
|Birth Place||Flint, Michigan.|
|Date of Birth||24th July 1995.|
|Source of Income||Professional Basketball Player.|
|Age||27 years. (As of 2022).|
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall.|
|Siblings||Andre Kuzma (half-brother), Briana Kuzma (half-sister).|
|Current team||Brooklyn Nets.|
|Career history||The Los Angeles Lakers (2017- 2021).|
Washington Wizards ( 2021- present).
|Listed height||6 feet 9 inches / 206 Cm.|
|Listed Weight||100 Kg /221 Lbs.|
|Relationship||He has been in a relationship with Jamaican-Canadian model Winnie Harlow since 2020.|
|Career highlights and awards||NBA champion (2020).|
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2018).
First-team All-Pac-12 (2017).
|Monthly Income||$ 1,083,333 (INR 82,119,891.40).|
|Yearly Income||$ 13,000,000 ( INR 98,5,439,000.00 ).|
4.8 million followers
2.1 million Followers.
|Net Worth||$ 3 million (INR 22.72 Cr).|
|Last Updated||April 2022.|
He was drafted 27 overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft & was traded on draft day to the Los Angeles Lakers with Brook Lopez for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. Kuzma was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2018 & has also played in the Rising Stars Challenge. During his first year with the Lakers, he averaged 16.1 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game. He signed a rookie-scale contract with Los Angeles in 2017 & has scored 41 points in January 2019 against the Detroit Pistons.
Kyle is famously known as Kyle Kuzma, is an American basketball professional & has donned the Washington Wizards’ jersey in the NBA. Born and raised in Michigan, he is the son of Karri Kuzma, his mother, a high-school shot put champion. Along with his mother and step-father, hr spent his childhood with two step-siblings. His mother and step-father had put a toy basketball rim in the living room for Kuzma. And this created passion and interest in the game when he was just two years old.
The young Kuzma attended Bentley High School in Michigan. As a junior in high school gives averaged 17.9 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Rise Academy in Philadelphia brought him after looking at his shooting tapes. After high school, he was offered to play with Division I schools like Iowa State and Missouri. However, he decided to be a part of the University of Utah.
Kuzma played basketball for the Utah Utes during his years at college. He started his basketball career at Utah only in his sophomore year. During his starting career year, he was a starter in the playing lineup for Utah. The player averaged 10.8 points per game this season. After giving wonderful performances for Utah, he got selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft & became the 27th overall pick in the draft.
The Brooklyn Nets selected him in the first round of the NBA draft in 2017. The Los Angeles Lakers conducted a draft-day trade with the Nets to get him to the Lakers. The 2017-2018 NBA season was a rookie season for him as a part of the Los Angeles Lakers. He started in six of the seven games he played for the Lakers in the NBA Summer League of 2017. There he averaged 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He was gradually named to the All-Summer League Second Team.
He was also named the Summer League Championship Game MVP after the championship match against the Portland Trail Blazers. In October and November 2017, he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month. He became the first-ever rookie in the NBA to compile over 330 points, 120 rebounds, and 30 three-pointers in just his first 20 games. In the game against Houston on 20th December, he scored a career-high of 38 points. His performance helped to end the Rockets’ 14-game winning streak.
He achieved a remarkable position with the Lakers soon. He scored 25 or more points in three consecutive games, making him the first Lakers rookie since Jerry West in 1961. He scored a new career-high against the Pistons in October 2018, scoring 41 points.
The Rise of Kuzma
His rise started in the NBA when his performances named him to the NBA All-Rookie First Team with the Lakers in 2018. The Michigan-born scored a match-winning three-pointer in August 2020 to get the Lakers over the line against the Nuggets. That same year, he won an NBA Championship with the Lakers. After that, in November 2021, he scored four 3-pointers in just the fourth quarter against the Cavaliers.
He spent his childhood with his mother and step-father. Information on his father is not available. His step-father, Larry Smith, was a high school shot put champion. The NBA star also has two step-siblings, Andre and Briana. Kyle is unmarried as of now. Back in 2020, the NBA point guard used to date the Canadian supermodel, Winnie Harlow. The two lovebirds called it quits after a year and a half of dating. They started dating after Kyle slid into Harlow’s DM’s on Instagram back in March of 2020.
The new couple was not showing their relationship bonding in public. Once Harlow even hired a private plane to fly over the Orlando Bubble and send a Happy Birthday message to beloved Kuzma in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. One can imagine fans’ disappointment once the two broke off. The couple ended the relationship on good terms.
His net worth is estimated to be $ 3 million (INR 22.72 Cr). His primary source of income is the salary he gets as an NBA player. Along with this, he also earns through endorsements with multi-national companies. Courtesy of his huge contracts with NBA teams, he has spent a luxurious life.
In 2020, he signed a 3-year extension contract worth $39,000,000 ( INR 2,95.94 Cr) with the Lakers. That huge sum was a guaranteed amount. The agreement also ensured an annual average salary of $13,000,000 ( INR 98.64 Cr). He is estimated to earn a base salary of $13,000,000( INR 98.64 Cr) for the 2021-2022 season at the Wizards.
The career highlights, awards, and achievements of the star basketball player.
- 2020 NBA Champion.
- 2019 NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP.
- 2018 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
- 2017 First-Team All-Pac-12
Q.Was Kyle Kuzma the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft?
Ans:- No. he was the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Q. How many NBA teams have Kyle Kuzma starred in?
Ans:- He has performed in two NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards.
Q. What is Kyle Kuzma’s jersey number?
Ans:- His jersey number for the Washington Wizards is 33.