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Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma named Western Conference Rookie of the Month

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Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma has been named this month’s top rookie in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Kyle Kuzma’s surprising rookie season continues as the 22-year-old out of the University of Utah has been named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, joining Jordan Clarkson as one two players in Los Angeles Lakers history to be awarded this honor.

Through 13 games in November, Kuzma averaged 18.2 points on 49.2 percent shooting from the field (39 percent from three), 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He was one of six players to average at least 18 points and six rebounds while shooting above 39 percent from behind the arc, including Kristaps Porzingis, Tobias Harris, Kyle Lowry and #FutureLakers LebBron James and Paul George.

Think that’s impressive? Let the highlights from his 30-point outing against the Phoenix Suns wow you (again):

Kuzma also became the first rookie in NBA history to record at least 330 points, 120 rebounds and 30 made three-pointers in the first 20 games of his career, according to Lakers PR. Not too shabby for the No. 27 pick in the draft.

Kuzma will look to return to the floor Saturday vs. the Denver Nuggets after suffering back spasms during pregame warm ups Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors.