Rookie Duel: Donovan Mitchell vs Kyle Kuzma
While we all get old waiting to see Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball play against Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox, Lakers rookie standout Kyle Kuzma impressed again during a duel with Utah Jazz rookie and draft steal Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell knocked down 10-of-20 shots for 26 points off the bench, including a couple clutch ones in the final minute and a half of the Jazz win.
“I think he just competes,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about Mitchell. “That’s the biggest thing. Anytime you have a guy who competes and has a desire to be better, that’s going to happen.
Kuzma had the Staples Center crowd yelling, “Koooz” a few times on his way to 18 points (5-14 fg) off the bench, which included the highlight of the night: a spin move on Sefolosha in the second quarter.