David Nwaba
David Nwaba
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
OFS
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 11/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
This will be Nwaba's fourth NBA season with four different teams after signing a two-year deal with the Nets this offseason. The young journeyman is a versatile player, but he hasn't yet managed to be productive in any one category to warrant fantasy usage on a consistent basis. Last season in 51 appearances with the Cavaliers, he averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds across 19.3 minutes per game. This year, however, will be the first time Nwaba is on the roster of a team actively looking to win games and compete for a championship, and as a result, he may not be in line for the minutes he was getting with his last three teams. Brooklyn boasts quality depth on the wing with the likes of Joe Harris Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Garrett Temple all expected to be part of the rotation. So, even if Nwaba does see some playing time, it likely will not be significant or consistent enough to warrant fantasy consideration. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $903,111 contract with the Rockets in June of 2020. Contract includes $1.86 million team option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

David Nwaba was born in 1993 in sunny Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Theodore and Blessing Nwaba, both of whom are Nigerian of Igbo origin. David has five other siblings, including his sister Barbara who is a professional heptathlete. Barbara competed at UC Santa Barbara, winning the 2015 and 2016 National Championships title and also competed in the 2016 Olympics. Nwaba played his prep ball at University High School in L.A., where he was a two-time All-Western League Most Valuable Player honoree and all-league first team selection. During his college days at Cal Poly, Nwaba majored in liberal arts with ambitions of becoming an accountant. David's favorite books are the Harry Potter series.

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Nwaba did not take the most common path to the NBA. The Los Angeles native began his collegiate career as a redshirt at Hawaii Pacific before transferring to Santa Monica College. He spent one season at the junior college and averaged 20.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists on his way to being named Western State Conference South Division Player of the Year. He moved to Division I basketball as a member of Cal Poly starting in 2013-14. Nwaba spent three seasons with the Mustangs and helped the team advance to the NCAA Tournament in his first season. Cal Poly won the Big West Conference Tournament, led by Nwaba's 14.0 points and 4.7 assists per game. The squad also won its First Four game in the NCAA Tournament as Nwaba scored 17 points against Texas Southern. It was Cal Poly's lone appearance in the Big Dance since joining Division 1 in 1994-95. As a junior, he provided 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. He also recorded 16 double-digit scoring games. In his final season, Nwaba scored 20 points three times and had a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a February loss to Long Beach State. On Mar. 3 against UC Irvine, Nwaba scored a career-high 25 points to become the 23rd player in school history to hit the 1,000 point mark. He earned All-Big West Honorable Mention with averages of 12.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

Signs two-year deal with Rockets
FHouston Rockets
Out For Season
June 23, 2020
Nwaba (Achilles) signed a two-year contract with the Rockets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Nwaba won't play during the resumed season while he continues his rehab for the right Achilles' tendon surgery he required in January, but the Rockets will monitor his recovery over the next months before deciding whether to exercise his team option for 2020-21. The defensive-minded wing has played 161 games across his four seasons, averaging 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 combined steals-plus-blocks across 20.5 minutes.
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2018

Nwaba joined Cleveland for the 2018-19 campaign, marking his third organization in his three years in the Association. He played 51 games for the Cavaliers, 14 as a starter and 37 off the bench. The versatile wing contributed per-36 minute averages of 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. He also chipped in with a career-high 24 three-pointers, making 32 percent of his shots from downtown. Meanwhile, Nwaba continued to build his reputation as a solid defender, registering a 22.9 percent steal rate and 31.5 percent block rate. Nwaba missed nine games with a sore right knee in late November and early December, then returned for seven games before going down with a sprained left ankle in a loss to the Bulls on Dec. 23. The ankle injury cost him an additional 18 games, but he made an impact immediately upon his return by scoring 12 points in 15 minutes against the Mavericks on Feb. 2. Nwaba posted arguably his finest stat line of the season six days later, contributing 17 points, eight rebounds, two three-pointers and two steals against Washington. Nwaba was efficient on the offensive end by being selective with his shots, registering a 48.1 field goal percentage in 2018-19, in line with his 49 percent career average. He also took good care of the ball, averaging less than one turnover per game for the second time in three seasons. Nwaba's Cavaliers finished the season at 19-63 and did not make the playoffs.

2017

Nwaba's second season in the NBA saw him break into the Chicago rotation, where he appeared in 70 games and started in 21. He set career-highs across the board by averaging 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Nwaba set a personal best by grabbing 11 rebounds in addition to 15 points against Atlanta on Oct. 26 for his first career double-double. He'd rack up 11 rebounds on two subsequent occasions, first at Miami on Nov. 1 and later at home against Dallas on Mar. 2. In the latter encounter, he added 10 points to achieve his second double-double. Nwaba notched his third double-double when he grabbed 10 rebounds - including a career-best six offensive boards - and counted 11 points against Brooklyn on Apr. 9. The Cal-Poly product produced perhaps his best game of the year when he scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Philadelphia on Feb. 22. He'd go on to record a season-best three blocks against Charlotte on Dec. 8. Three days later, he'd match a career-high by making seven free throws versus Boston on Dec. 11. On the campaign, Nwaba finished third on the Bulls with a .478 shooting percentage.

2016

The 2016-17 season was David Nwaba's rookie season in the Association. The Cal Poly product played in 20 games for the Los Angeles Lakers with two starts. The "Demolition Man" started the season in the D-League with the Los Angeles D-fenders. On Nov. 11, Nwaba scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his debut, a win over Iowa. "Mr. Dunk" played 40 D-League games, producing per game averages of 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 29 minutes per night. He also shot an astounding 65 percent from the field. His D-League run overlapped with his time with the Lakers. On Feb. 28, Nwaba made his NBA debut, receiving five minutes during a loss to Chicago. With the Lakers, he averaged 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game. On Apr. 1, the 6-foot-4 wing tallied a season-high 19 points, six rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Clippers. Nwaba proved to be a steady, efficient contributor for LA. He ended up shooting 58 percent from the field and scored in double figures four times.

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Transaction History
  • February 28, 2017
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • March 11, 2017
    Signed a 2nd 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • March 21, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 12, 2017
    Waived by the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • July 14, 2017
    Claimed on waivers by the Chicago Bulls from the Los Angeles Lakers
  • September 8, 2018
    Signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • July 17, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • January 2, 2020
    Waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
  • June 23, 2020
    Signed a two-year contract with the Rockets.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Waived by Nets
FFree Agent
Out For Season
January 2, 2020
Nwaba (Achilles) was waived by the Nets on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers torn right Achilles
FBrooklyn Nets
Out For Season
December 19, 2019
Nwaba has been diagnosed with a right torn Achilles tendon, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Heads to locker room
FBrooklyn Nets
Out For Season
December 19, 2019
Nwaba was helped to the locker room after suffering a right leg injury during Thursday's game against San Antonio, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Cleared to play
FBrooklyn Nets
December 19, 2019
Nwaba (ankle) will play Thursday against the Spurs, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
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Added to injury report
FBrooklyn Nets
Out For Season
December 18, 2019
Nwaba (ankle) is probable for Thursday's game against the Spurs, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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