After having two 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Lakers, David Nwaba impressed the team’s front office and earned a two-year deal with the team. Nwaba will be signed through the remainder of this season and will have a team option in the 2017-18 season, league sources told The Vertical.
“We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day to improve himself. He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster.” (Via SilverScreenAndRoll.com)
The Lakers are in full tank-mode to get a top-three pick in this year’s upcoming NBA draft. They are sitting their two biggest free agency acquisitions that they acquired this past offseason for the remainder of the season. This is a perfect time for Nwaba to prove himself since he will get more playing time and continue to develop along with the multiple other young Lakers players.
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) March 21, 2017
In 1o games with the Lakers, Nwaba has averaged 3.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 14.4 minutes, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Those stats may not blow anyone away, but he has been excellent on the defensive end. Through 100 possessions, the Lakers allowed 14.2 less opposing points with Nwaba on the court than with him off the court. At the age of 24, he also still has plenty of time to improve on both ends of the floor.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 20, 2017
Nwaba grew up in Los Angeles, California, so he is right at home playing for the Lakers. He moved around often in his collegiate career. He first played at Division II schools Hawaii Pacific and Santa Monica College before transferring to California Polytechnic State University to finish his college career. He played 88 games in college and averaged 11.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 rebounds, and shot 47.3 percent from the field.
He has worked hard to get to this level of basketball and has overcome many obstacles. He spent a long time with the Lakers’ D-League affiliate the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
“What’s great about David is he’s not scared of any challenge,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters Monday. “He’s never overwhelmed by the situation, which is very impressive for someone of his circumstance.” Via (Yahoo Sports)