When it came to the 2017 NBA draft, all of the Los Angeles Laker faithful's attention was focused on one player and one player only: Lonzo Ball.
Everyone thought that Ball -- who was selected with the Lakers' 2nd overall pick -- would be the savior of the franchise, and alongside Brandon Ingram, would pull the Lakers from the bottom of the West to playoff contenders once more.
The hype was so much in fact, that many fans didn't even know LA had another pick in the first round this year, the 27th pick -- which previously belonged to Brooklyn but was traded to the Lakers when the Nets took on D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov -- which was used to select Kyle Kuzma out of Utah.
Fast forward six months, however, and the narrative has almost completely flipped.
Even though Lonzo Ball is definitely contributing night in and night out for the Luke Walton, with the amount of hype he received heading into the season and during the Summer League, many expected Ball to be leading the Rookie of the Year race from opening night onwards. Instead, we've been treated to some shocking shooting performances from Lonzo, with the occasional double-digit assist game or triple-double even, showing he can contribute in other ways even when his shot isn't falling.
When you look at Kyle Kuzma though, if you didn't know any better, you would have thought he was chosen with the second pick in the draft based on the way he's been playing.
Kuzma has been so impressive in fact, he's become the first Laker since Jerry West to post three consecutive games of 25 points or more after his 27 point performance against the Warriors.
That's right, King Kuz is on Jerry West levels of rookie performance right now.
Prior to his 27 points against the Warriors, Kuzma scored 25 against Golden State 4 nights beforehand in an OT thriller, and then a massive 38 points in the game after that to defeat the Houston Rockets, who were on top of the West heading into the matchup.
With Brook Lopez out for a considerable amount of time after injuring his ankle earlier in the month, both Larry Nance and Kuzma have been receiving more minutes, so in a way, Lopez's injury has been a blessing in disguise for not only Kuzma, but the Lakers as a whole.