David Nwaba

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.98 m / 99 kg
Born Jan 14, 1993
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Mr. Dunk, Demolition Man

David Nwaba is a professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets as a shooting guard and small forward. Nwaba was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and attended University High School in the same city. He was awarded as a two-time All-Western League Most Valuable Player honoree. He attended college at Santa Monica College, where he was also a varsity basketball player. David Nwaba had a sister named Barbara, who is a heptathlete at UC Santa Barbara and a competitor in the National Championships and 2016 Olympics.

Early Life as a Non-Professional Player

During his college days, Nwaba was declared Western State Conference South Division Player of the Year, as he recorded an average of 20.5 points with 2.5 assists and 8.8 rebounds.

He eventually transferred to Cal Poly, where he finished 8th in the Big West Conference and 59th NCAA Division I. He also led the team with a score of 11.7 points with 21 blocks and 4.8 rebounds and was included in the Big West All-Tournament Team. When he was in his junior year, he was ranked 15th in the Big West Conference with an average score of 11.4 points per game. Lastly, during his senior year, he was named All-Big West Honorable Mention with a finishing average of 12.5 points.

NBA Career

After graduating from college, Nwaba joined the NBA Development League’s Reno Bighorns, but he was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He eventually signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers and he made his professional debut against the Charlotte Hornets with the result of 109-104. A few months after, he was waived by the Lakers and claimed by the Chicago Bulls.

He had performed well while he was with the Bulls, and even his teammates lauded his shooting skills. By the following year, he recorded his career-high 21 points. In 2018, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in 2019, he moved to the Brooklyn Nets but was later waived by the Nets. In June 2020, he finally signed with the Houston Rockets.

Team History:

  • 2018–2019 - Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2019–2020 - Brooklyn Nets
  • 2020–present - Houston Rockets


  • 2013 - WSC South Division Player ofthe Year
  • 2017 - NBA D-League All-Rookie Team

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