The Los Angeles Lakers saw a pair of their standout first-year players receiving individual honors with forward Kyle Kuzma being selected to the All-Rookie First-Team and point guard Lonzo Ball earning a spot on the Second Team.
Kuzma burst out of the gates as one of the biggest surprises from the 2018 NBA Draft with his stellar play throughout the season finishing the season averaging 16.1 points on 45 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent from 3-point range along with 6.3 rebounds per game. He also became the first rookie in NBA history with at least 1,200 points, 450 rebounds, and 150 made 3-pointers.
He also became set the franchise record with 159 made 3-pointers while becoming the first Lakers rookie to score 25-plus points in three straight games since Jerry West in 1960-61. Kuzma had also earned Rookie of the Month honors for October and November after he led the team with 16.7 points on 50.4 percent shooting from the field and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
He was more effective as a starter where he averaged 18.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the field along with along with 7.2 rebounds. In total, he ranked second among rookies in scoring, fifth in rebounding, seventh in 3-point percentage, and ninth in field goal percentage.
Meanwhile, Ball put up an all-around rookie campaign where he finished the season averaging all-around numbers with 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest in 52 games played. This saw him record 24 double-digit scoring outputs along with 13 double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles. Prior to Markelle Fultz notched a triple-double in the regular season finale, he had surpassed LeBron James had been the youngest to record that feat.
Ball also had 13 double-doubles and two triple-doubles along with tying James as the youngest player in NBA history to record multiple triple-double performances. He finished being tied for first among rookies in steals, while also ranking second in assists and fourth in rebounds.
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