Since Beal missed over half the season and Porzingis played only 17 games with the Wizards, Kuzma led the Wizards in scoring with 17.1 points per game. He led the team in rebounding (excluding Porzingis) with 8.5 rebounds per game. Kuzma also scored the most total points on the Wizards and was second on the team in total minutes.
After another year off the bench the following season, Kuzma was eventually traded to the Washington Wizards this past offseason. During his first year in the nation’s capital, Kuzma averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists across 66 games, all starts. The rebounds and assists were career marks for Kuzma.
Kyle Kuzma said that he gained confidence after the Lakers didn't send him off to New Orleans in the Anthony Davis trade.