Washington Wizards small forward Kyle Kuzma is playing some of the best basketball of his young career this campaign. The former Los Angeles Lakers swingman is averaging 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 45.2% from the field, 32.8% from beyond the arc, and 68.4% from the free-throw line in his first year with the Wizards.
Thanks to his basketball skills, Kuzma has a net worth of $3 million in 2022. He’s making $13 million from the Wizards this season and used his wealth to surprise his mom with a gift of a lifetime.
Kyle Kuzma surprised his mom with new house
Kuzma recently surprised his mom, Karri, with a new house. The Utah product was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, which is now the location of his mom’s new home.
“From the bottom of my heart (heart emoji) I appreciate you @kuz for all you do for me,” Karri Kuzma posted on social media. “I tell you often just know I really mean it. And I want the world to know what a great son you are! Thank you for this.”
This is a beautiful gesture by Kuzma, who is close with his mother. Karri raised her son as a single mother, which is why the two have an unbreakable bond.
Kyle Kuzma on his mom: “She taught me the importance of hard work and sacrifice”
Kuzma never met his biological dad and moved around the Flint area nine times in 16 years. Although his childhood wasn’t the best, the Wizards wing learned many valuable lessons from watching his mom work multiple jobs.
“We did bounce from place to place and there was not a lot of stability, but what we went through did build character in me,” Kuzma said back in 2017, via the Detroit Free Press. “My mom did so much for us, working two jobs, driving us where we needed to go and a million other things. She taught me the importance of hard work and sacrifice.”
Kuzma played his high school ball at Burton Bentley (Burton, Michigan) and Rise Academy prep school in Philadelphia. He then went to Utah for three years of college ball before entering his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Brooklyn Nets selected Kuzma with the 27th overall pick and then traded him to the Lakers on draft night.
Kuzma and his mom were thrilled about joining the Lakers organization. Even though the 6-foot-9 forward was traded by Los Angeles in the blockbuster Russell Westbrook trade, Kuzma accomplished a life-long dream in 2020.
Lakers won 2020 title
The Lakers won the 2020 championship over the Miami Heat in the Walt Disney World bubble. As expected, Kuzma was on cloud nine after holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time.
“Man, just a kid from Flint, Mich,” Kuzma said. “It’s crazy. I almost didn’t go to college. I wasn’t supposed to get drafted, you know. NBA Championship. It’s unbelievable.”
Kuzma’s mom has always been his No. 1 fan and helped him reach the NBA. It certainly must have felt special for Kyle to buy her a house after all she’s done for him.
Net worth information courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth.