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Kyle Kuzma is adapting to play alongside LeBron James by playing more at small forward

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When LeBron James arrived at the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, it not only changed the landscape of the Western Conference, but of the franchise as well.

LeBron's arrival at the Lakers sets the expectation for the franchise that they make the playoffs next season for the first time in five years.

It also has forced Kyle Kuzma to adjust his style of play in order to fit into a lineup alongside the four-time MVP winner.

Speaking to NBA.com, 23-year-old said he and the coaching staff have "worked on a lot of perimeter skills and playing at the three" this summer as part of his offseason regimen.

He said: "We’ve worked on a lot of perimeter skills and playing at the three.

"Last year I played the three and the four, and I’ll probably play (both) this year, but just to develop my game as a perimeter guy. Reading passes. My handling. Just working out as a guard really helps your overall game."

This makes sense when you consider how LeBron's arrival at the Lakers will change how they line up on the court.

Since James and Kuzma play in the same position of power forward, the 23-year-old will likely have to play at small forward to get as many minutes on the court as possible.

Besides power forward, every starting position at the Lakers is up for grabs, but Kuzma may have to beat out Brandon Ingram and Lance Stephenson for the starting small forward spot.

Kyle Kuzma is looking to move to small forward for more playing time next season

Kuzma has already shown a lot of promise in his Lakers career after making the NBA All-Rookie First Team last season.

He's also added a lot of muscle to his frame this summer alongside his work on the perimeter, giving Lakers fans a sense of optimism for the 23-year-old ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Kuzma averaged 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.1 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting last season.

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Kyle Kuzma
Brandon Ingram
Lance Stephenson
L.A. Lakers
LeBron James
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