The Los Angeles Lakers will sign D-Fenders guard David Nwaba to a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of the Vertical. The Los Angeles native is in his first year with the D-Fenders and is averaging 13.9 points, seven rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks while shooting 64.5 percent from the field.
Those numbers don’t fully illustrate how valuable Nwaba has been for the D-Fenders this season. Los Angeles has been a full 17 points per 100 possessions better with the athlete dubbed “Mr. Dunk” by D-Fenders broadcaster Eric Rothman.
Nwaba stands 6’4 with a 6’11.5 wingspan and made the Reno Bighorns as a tryout player before being acquired by the D-Fenders in a draft day trade by Los Angeles.
Earlier this season, D-Fenders general manager Nick Mazzella predicted this rise for Nwaba, telling Silver Screen and Roll that Nwaba was “a guy that can really develop into a call-up candidate by the end of the season."
That has now proved correct. The Lakers can either sign Nwaba for the rest of the season or to a second 10-day at the end of his current contract.
All stats per stats.nbadleague.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here, or for more on Nwaba, listen below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.