2017 Player Capsule: David Nwaba

Season Summary
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
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.

What’s Next
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.

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