David Nwaba
David Nwaba
26-Year-Old ForwardF
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.
Set to start
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 18, 2019
Updating a previous report, Nwaba will start Monday's game against Detroit, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
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It was initially reported that Marquese Chriss would get the nod in place of Kevin Love, but the Cavs will, in fact, go with Nwaba, who started the last game Love missed.
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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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Starting Tuesday
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 12, 2019
Nwaba will start Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
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Career-high 22 points in loss
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 6, 2019
Nwaba contributed 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, one assist, and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 loss to the Nets.
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To come off bench
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 21, 2019
Nwaba will shift to a bench role for Thursday's game against the Suns, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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On minutes limit Saturday
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 9, 2019
Nwaba will be on a minutes restriction Saturday against the Pacers, Jim Ayello of USA Today Sports reports.
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Struggles as starting forward
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 6, 2019
Nwaba produced eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes Tuesday in the Cavaliers' 103-96 loss to the Celtics.
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