Lonzo Ball might be the Lakers’ most talked about rookie, but there’s no doubt Kyle Kuzma is their best. If there was any doubt, Kuzma removed it Wednesday night when they played against the Rockets.


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Despite playing one of the NBA’s top defenses, Kuzma was still able to go off. He scored a career-high 38 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, and one block. Kuzma was 7-of-10 from three, leading a Lakers team that shot 32.8 percent from three before Wednesday (dead last in NBA) to hit 42.9 percent on the night. The Lakers also got a big game from Corey Brewer, as the veteran had 21 points off the bench, and made big plays in the fourth helping the Lakers secure the 122-116 victory.

One person who took notice of Kuzma’s incredible night was none other than Lakers legend Kobe Bryant himself, who had both his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired to the rafters at Staples Center on Monday night. After the Lakers beat the Rockets, Bryant took to Twitter and showed his respect for Kuzma with just a single emoji.

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As good as Kuzma was for the Lakers, James Harden was better for the Rockets. Houston’s star guard scored 51 points on 15-of-27 shooting while hitting 17 of 21 free throws. He added nine assists as well after Chris Paul left with a leg injury.

Kuzmaisn’t afraid of the best teams or the big moments and he proved it. He is averaging 16.6 points and scored 25 points against Golden State on Dec. 18. Additionally, he scored 20 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 14th.

While Ball gets all the attention, Kyle Kuzma is getting all the early season glory.