Kyle Kuzma (born July 24, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He played college basketball for the Utah Utes and was named first-team all-conference in the Pac-12 as a junior in 2016–17.
Kuzma was selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft with the 27th overall pick, and he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
He won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 2020 before being traded to the Wizards in 2021.
Early Life of Kyle Kuzma
Raised in the Flint, Michigan, area, Kuzma is the son of Karri Kuzma, a high school shot put champion who attended college on a track scholarship.
He has a younger half-brother named Andre and a younger half-sister named Briana.
Kuzma is biracial.
Kuzma met his father only once as an infant, but viewed the father of his half-siblings, Larry Smith, as a father figure.
Karri Kuzma and Smith put a toy basketball rim in the living room for Kyle when he was only two years old, thus igniting his passion for basketball.
Career of Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma enrolled at the University of Utah in 2013.
He redshirted his freshman year due to the fact that he signed late. He became a starter for the Utes in his sophomore year, when he averaged 10.8 points per game.
As a junior in 2016–17, he averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game, which earned him first-team All-Pac-12 honors.
After the season, Kuzma decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college basketball eligibility.
Kuzma graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in sociology.
Kuzma was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Brooklyn Nets.
In a draft-day trade, he was dealt along with Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.
Prior to the draft, Kuzma had been projected to go in the second round.
On July 3, 2017, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Lakers.
On January 9, 2019, he scored a career-high 41 points against the Detroit Pistons in a 113–100 win.
He was selected again for the Rising Stars game and earned MVP honors after scoring a game-high 35 points.
On August 6, 2021, Kuzma was traded to the Washington Wizards as part of a package for Russell Westbrook.
Kyle Kuzma Girlfriend
Kuzma has been in a relationship with Jamaican-Canadian model Winnie Harlow since 2020. She is a Jamaican-Canadian fashion model and public spokesperson on the skin condition vitiligo. She gained prominence in 2014 as a contestant on the 21st cycle of the U.S. television series America’s Next Top Model
Contract of Kyle Kuzma
He signed with the Wizards on a three-year, $39 million deal.
Kyle Kuzma pink sweater
Kyle Kuzma arrived at Capital One Arena for Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets wearing the sweater, which has a price tag of more than $1,500, with a pair of black Rick Owens pants and white Amiri shoes.
Kyle Kuzma net worth
Kyle Kuzma has a net worth of $3 million in 2022.