San Antonio Spurs: Pass or pursue 10 role player free agents

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4. David Nwaba - SF, Houston Rockets

A freak athlete coming out of Cal Poly in 2017, David Nwaba's career took an unfortunate turn when he tore his Achilles in December 2019. Since then, he largely fell off the NBA map until the Houston Rockets took a chance on him in the middle of a rehab period.

While he demonstrated an ability to knock down threes in his short stint in Brooklyn by making 12 of 28 for 43 percent, his outside shot is still relatively inconsistent. What Nwaba does bring to the table, however, is defense and hustle. He strikes me as a glue guy who gets others involved on the court with his intensity and nightly effort.

If NBA circles have been silent about pursuing the 6-5 wing this summer, it's likely due to injury concerns. Through five seasons, here are his number of games he's played for his five teams:

2017: 20
2018: 70
2019: 20
2020: 30

Although his athleticism has mostly returned since his ACL rehab, he's since required surgery for a wrist injury in March and had other various injuries in the past. While I'm intrigued by what someone like Nwaba could bring defensively, I think his lack of a reliable outside shot combined with his proneness to injuries makes him a slight pass.

Verdict: Pass