David Nwaba
David Nwaba
25-Year-Old GuardG
Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After latching on with the Lakers as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Nwaba took his talents to Chicago for his second NBA season. He wound up being a significant member of the rotation and averaged 23.5 minutes across 70 games (21 starts). While his averages of 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists were all career highs, they weren't enough to give him utility in the bulk of Fantasy leagues. Nwaba's game focuses mainly on his defense, which means his value in real basketball terms is much higher than in the Fantasy realm. Despite joining a Cleveland team without LeBron James, Nwaba will still have to battle for a depth role on the wing. Even if he does see significant minutes, his defensive focus should make him an avoidable player on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.51 million contract with the Cavaliers in September of 2018.
Reaches deal with Cleveland
GCleveland Cavaliers
August 1, 2018
Nwaba and the Cavaliers agreed to a contract Wednesday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Nwaba, a second-year wing, saw career highs in both minutes per game (23.5) and starts (21) with the Bulls last season after spending his rookie year with the Lakers. While not much of a scorer, averaging 7.9 points, he played within himself, shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from deep. Nwaba is also a notably good defender and rebounder for his position(s), posting 7.1 boards and a combined 1.9 steals/blocks per 36 minutes last year. With LeBron James' departure from Cleveland, 36.9 minutes per contest have opened up on the team. Heading into training camp, it will likely be an open competition on the wing for a role -- Nwaba, J.R. Smith, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman all being involved.
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Depth Chart Status
#3 Small Forward
#5 Shooting Guard
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Nwaba spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League, before inking a 10-day contract with the Lakers in February. After impressing during that short stint, he eventually signed a contract for the rest of the season. Nwaba ended the year averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds across 19.9 minutes, as he was mainly regarded for his ability on the defensive side of the ball. After being let go by the Lakers this offseason, the Bulls swooped in and picked him off waivers. Nwaba will spend training camp battling for a roster spot, though if he does ultimately make the team, he could get some solid run with Chicago going through a rebuild. Still, he shot just 20 percent from the three-point line last season and still profiles as more of a defender than anything, limiting his Fantasy impact even with a decent sized workload.
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Has qualifying offer pulled
GChicago Bulls
July 12, 2018
Nwaba had his qualifying offer rescinded on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Receives qualifying offer
GChicago Bulls
June 28, 2018
Nwaba was tendered a qualifying offer from the Bulls, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
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Finishes season with inefficient performance
GChicago Bulls
April 12, 2018
Nwaba produced 14 points (5-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 119-87 loss to Detroit.
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Scores 11 points in 30 minutes
GChicago Bulls
April 10, 2018
Nwaba accounted for 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes Monday in Chicago's loss to Brooklyn.
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Scores team-high 15 points Thursday
GChicago Bulls
March 30, 2018
Nwaba produced 15 points (4-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one block across 35 minutes in Thursday's 103-92 loss to the Heat.
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