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2017 Player Capsule: David Nwaba
Los Angeles native David Nwaba had a season straight out of Hollywood. The University High product originally had to try out for a spot on the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He quickly became one of the team’s top contributors and a D-League Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
This earned Nwaba a call-up to the Lakers on Feb. 28, and he took full advantage. The 24-year-old’s defense drew rave reviews from Luke Walton and Rob Pelinka, who rewarded him with a multi-year contract. He also became a regular on the team’s highlight tapes with his trademark slams.
By the Numbers
0: Players from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in NBA history before Nwaba became the first.
58.0: Nwaba’s field goal percentage, which led the team.
64.7: Percentage shot for the D-Fenders. This mark ranked second in the D-League, as did his 134.8 offensive rating.
Nwaba’s original goal for the season was to simply make the Lakers’ Summer League team, which he plans to play for in July. He is also committed to working on his jumper (shot just 5-of-15 on such shots this season) and his ball handling with the ultimate goal of finding a spot on next year’s roster.
Rookie season has now come to an end. I look back and just smile at the plan God had for me. So many places/routes that I could have taken, but somehow it all led me to making my dream become a reality. I am so thankful I was given the opportunity to play with the @ladefenders and given the chance to live my dream of playing with my hometown team @lakers. I still have a lot to prove but I am ready to put in major work this offseason. Thank you to those who have supported me during this journey, I truly appreciate it. I'm excited for what the future holds!
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