In February, the Lakers signed a little-known guard named David Nwaba to a 10-day contract from their D-League Affiliate D-Fenders. Essentially you could call it a “call up” from the minors in baseball terms. He immediately made an impact though on very limited minutes with his electrifying defense. Shortly after that the Lakers signed him to a 2nd 10-day contract giving the Lakers more time to see what the 24-year-old Cal Poly alum was capable. He continued to impress and became an instant fan favorite. So much so that the Lakers offered him a 2-year deal, guaranteeing he would be with the team for the remainder of the year and possibly the next year. The Lakers announced today that they would indeed pick up his second year making him a Laker for this coming season.
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David Nwaba was certainly a change of pace for a team that desperately lacked any defense punch. He was feisty and had a knack for being at the right place at the right time. He only averaged roughly 6 points and 3 rebounds a game but in all fairness, he wasn’t in the game for offensive purposes.
At the time of his call up he was already named a D-League all defensive player. He impressed greatly as a lock down defender in the D-League, so when he was called up, that was going to be his bread and butter. He played extremely well and most importantly every time he was inserted into the game he was able to bring energy. It is unlikely that he will be getting a greater workload than he did to end the season, though word has been that he has been working on his jumper quite a bit in the off season.
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