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Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons take different routes to successful rookie seasons

As Kyle Kuzma walked away from his interview session after practice, someone suggested to him that he looks like Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons.“He looks like me,” Kuzma said. “I’m 22, he’s 21.”There are more meaningful ways in which Kuzma is finding himself compared to other rookies, including Simmons. The reality about Kuzma’s mentality, though, is that he doesn’t check on the progress of any other rookie, he isn’t concerning himself with rookie rankings. He prefers to look beyond those players to players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, whose ranks he hopes to join one day.He can leave the rookie comparisons to everyone else. Simmons is the front runner to be the NBA’s rookie of ...