While young Laker forward Kyle Kuzma has been a standout on the offensive end over the course of his first two seasons, his development on the defensive side of the basketball has come around a bit slower. Kuzma has all the tools to be an effective NBA defender and with an offseason spent putting more of a focus on that side of the ball, he could be in line to take the jump as a legitimate two-way star in the NBA.

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Donovan Mitchell Talks Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma’s Defensive Development

.@spidadmitchell talks about @kylekuzma defense improving… Donovan is def an easy guy to root for in the league @ESPNLosAngeles pic.twitter.com/J4Xb1phViF

— Allen Sliwa (@LakersTalkESPN) August 14, 2019

Currently, in the final round of cuts with USA Basketball for a spot on the FIBA World Cup roster, Kuzma has drawn praise from a number of teammates and coaches – specifically regarding his coachability and hard work. In fact, as seen in the video above, Jazz standout Donovan Mitchell even mentions how he’s picked things up defensively. Citing an increased desire to not only improve but to challenge himself with tough assignments on that end, Mitchell paints a promising picture for Laker fans heading into next season.

Kuzma’s defensive improvement has the potential to unlock a whole new look for the Lakers as being able to utilize him in defensive-minded lineups allows the Lakers to keep a certified bucket-getter on the court and still generate some offense. Especially with the Lakers adding two-way threats Anthony Davis and Danny Green, a Lakers’ defensive unit has the chance to create chaos on both ends of the floor.

Avery Bradley Could Be the Lakers’ Secret Weapon

Speaking of defense, it wasn’t very long ago that Avery Bradley was widely considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. With a first-team All-Defense to his name in 2016, Bradley has struggled with injuries and awkward team fits since leaving Boston that summer – never quite looking like the same elite defender. While his shooting – especially from deep – looks to be a bit improved, it should be interesting to see if Bradley can get back to his old ways with a fresh start on the Lakers.

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Donovan Mitchell Talks Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma’s Defensive Development

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