Who Is David Nwaba – The Nigerian American Basketball Player?
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So many people may see David Nwaba as a newcomer to the game, but the popular basketball player has been a major force since he turned pro in 2016. Nwaba joined the prestigious National Basketball Association in 2016 when he switched from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League to the D-Fenders of Los Angeles.

Basketball has been the life of the talented player from an early age, and he has never hesitated to prove himself in a highly competitive game. Nwaba is on the small list of NBA players who have not been officially drafted by any team, but he certainly didn’t let that stop him. Here are some interesting, less known facts about David Nwaba.

Who Is David Nwaba – The Nigerian American Basketball Player?

David Nwaba was born in 1993 in Los Angeles, California. He attended University High School in Los Angeles and played on the school’s basketball team. During his high school years, he was twice named Most Valuable Player in the Western League and was also a first division first-team player. His senior year at high school ended with an average of 22.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. After a successful high school career, Nwaba moved on to Hawaii Pacific but retired in the 2011-12 season. That year, he transferred to Santa Monica College and soon after earned the title of Player of the Year from the Western State Conference South Division.

Nwaba moved to Calpoly in 2013 and participated in the 2013-14 season. He made 30 starts in 34 games and finished in eight of the Big West Conference players. After scoring 14.0 points and shooting 72.7 percent from the ground in three competitions, he made the leap to the Big West All-Tournament Team. At the end of his senior year, he averaged 12.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 3.5 assists in all 30 games.

After a successful college career, Nwaba chose the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, who sold him to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in October 2016 after acquiring his rights. After a short detour to the D-Fenders, he joined the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2017 with a 10-day contract. Nwaba signed another 10-day contract with the team in March of the same year and started with six points in the game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

His third contract with the Lakers was a multi-year contract signed on March 21, 2017, but he was occasionally sent back to the D-Fenders during his rookie season. Shortly after his second ten-day contract with the Lakers, he scored six points in the team’s 118-116 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

After a few months with the Lakers, however, Nwaba was given up by the team on July 17 and almost immediately called up by the Chicago Bulls. His unusual ability to challenge shots earned him much praise from both the Bulls and his other team-mates.

David’s next step was to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in September 2018, where he signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Family – Who are His Parents and Siblings?

David Nwaba was born the son of his Nigerian parents Theodore and Blessing Nwaba. Although he is an American nationality, he is descended from the Igbo. He has five other siblings; two brothers Victor Nwaba and Alex Nwaba and three sisters Jane, Precious, and Barbara Nwaba. David is not alone in the world of sports; his sister Barbara is a heptathlete known for winning several championships. She is the oldest of the Nwaba siblings and also a graduate of University High School.


David Nwaba is very private when it comes to his personal life. The NBA player, who seems to avoid things that tend to draw attention to him, is currently unaware that he is with anyone. Moreso, he has not yet appeared in public with anyone of the opposite sex.

Body Stats – Height, Weight

Nwaba stands at a height of 1.93 m (6 feet) in proportion to his weight of 95 kg. He may not be the biggest in the game, but Nwaba is known for his tenacity and aggressiveness on the course. Not to forget his wingspan of 2.13, which is quite reassuring for his position.