[Posted Mar. 21, 2017] Hard work pays off.
The first University High School alum to play in the National Basketball Association, David Nwaba, was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers to remain on the team for the remainder of the current season, with a team option for the 2017-18 season.
“We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a release. “He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day to improve himself.
“He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster.”
Nwaba, a member of the Class of 2011, was promoted from the Lakers’ Development League team, the D-Fenders for a 10-day contract, won a second 10-day contract – a total of 10 games – and now a real, live NBA contract for at least the remainder of this season (12 games).
Although “signed” for the 2017-18 season, Nwaba really has to start over and make the Lakers team again as the club has the option to keep him or terminate the agreement.
However, he’s made the most of his opportunity. He’s even started a couple of games and has averaged 14.4 minutes, 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 48.1% from the floor and has made his mark with defense and hustle.
He told reporters after the Lakers’ Sunday night game against Cleveland, “I definitely hope to stick around and just get the NBA experience, but if not, get back to the D-League, keep working hard, keep working on my game and see where that goes. It’s been a great experience, just helping me build confidence and knowing I can play at this level.”