When LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, a major concern was how he would interact with the young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.
As James cited the group as one of the reasons he joined the Lakers, it was extremely important that those four learn how to succeed alongside him. The player he most believed would benefit from having James as Ingram's teammate.
In fact, the third-year striker has struggled to split the court with the 16-year veteran. Meanwhile, Kuzma's offensive attack fitted perfectly alongside James and his ability to pass and disposition to distribute.
And while Kuzma started slowly this season, he certainly managed to find his pace and be successful. Kuzma also noticed this, and after a series of good games, believes he discovered how to play with James via Spectrum SportsNet:
"I think I learned a lot how to play with him. It's all about trying to feed him, throw him away. Whether this is being cut, preparing to film or sometimes doing it alone. For the most part, things have been very good. "
However Kuzma managed to find his rhythm, he absolutely allowed him to consistently put good numbers. In the last 10 games, which the Lakers won by 7-3, Kuzma averaged 20.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
If Kuzma can remain consistent with these numbers, he may be on an all-star team soon. Throughout Kuzma's debut season, he's always had great performances, but he's never been able to find consistency.
Maybe playing with James will allow him to hit his seat more often, which will keep his score at a high level. If the Lakers can prepare Kuzma for a consistent second scorer, the team can become much more dangerous.