But most recent NBA champions have had at least three stars. It’s probably only a matter of time until one of the several two-star team adds a third star and gains an upper hand in the championship chase.
Could that be the Lakers by developing from within?
“I don’t feel no pressure, but I believe that I am capable of being that superstar,” Kuzma told ESPN. “I put a lot of work in. My progress through my journey shows that I can be there. I developed every single year, dating back to college, and I don’t see that development stunting at all.”
Of course, Kuzma believes in himself. He has made it so far. His confidence has been a big part of his journey.
But he must develop a lot to become a star. A lot.
His game also needs a ton of adjustments for him to become a “third” star. He doesn’t have the complementary skills – defense, passing, etc. – to complement other stars. His specialty is scoring, the most-traditional star skill.
It’d be great for Kuzma to take that next step. But it’s much easier said than done.