Does the name David Nwaba mean anything to you? Your answer is probably no. Which is too bad, but it speaks to his journey on getting to the NBA. For his full story, you can check out Who in the World is David Nwaba? from the Players’ Tribune. I found Nwaba’s story to be heartwarming and encouraging. We all have hopes, dreams and goals, but sometimes getting there can be difficult. There will always be challenges and even heart ache in some cases. The harder we work towards these goals, the farther away we feel from that end point. But Nwaba never gave up, and now he is playing for the Chicago Bulls. Here is his story:
At 18, he started out as a freshman at Hawaii Pacific, which is a Division II school. He was a good high school basketball player, and had grown up in Los Angeles. For those of you who don’t know Hawaii Pacific isn’t exactly the big time. Nwaba didn’t have a lot of time to make the decision. If he didn’t take the spot, they were going to give it to someone else. So he put his ego aside, and made the commitment. Nwaba describes his experience:
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“I used the opportunity out in Hawaii to grow mentally, rebuilding my confidence, which had slowly been chipped away by the recruiting process. While enrolled at Hawaii-Pacific, I made it over to see a couple University of Hawaii (D-1) games.
What has happened over the last 7 years with the NBA top ranked players? A lot, if I’m being honest. Keep reading to find out what exactly.
10. Draymond Green
2011 Team: Michigan State Spartans
2017 Team: Golden State Warriors
Draymond moved from being ranked at 334 in 2012, to being ranked number 10 in 2017. What is interesting about Draymond is that he had shown potential, but his stats weren’t getting him anywhere. In the 2010/2011 season, he had averaged just 12.6 PPG, and had 8.6 RPG as a junior. Which was his first year as a starter in college. In the 2014/2015 season, he was still outside the top 100. But then the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title, and he was launched into the 19th spot, and now 10th.
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2011 Team: Filathlitikos (youth squad)
2017 team: Miluakee Bucks
Giannis was no where near being on the radar of the NBA back in 2011. He was, aftera all, only 16 years old and playing for a youth development team in Greece. He didn’t join the senior squad until the start of the 2012/2013 season. He was actually supposed to play in Spain during the 2013/2014 season, but bypassed that league entirely and went straight to the NBA. He was ranked 376 that year. One year later, he jumped up to the top 100. Last year, he made it into the top 20, and now he checks in at number 9, coming off a season in which he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player.… Read the rest
Are there any winners or losers in the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston? For those of you who haven’t heard the news because you haven’t connected with technology, Kyrie is going to the Boston Celtics. In return the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic. In addition, Cleveland is getting Brooklyn’s first round pick during the next draft. The Cavs definitely did well in this trade. At least in the short term. And it would seem that the Celtics may be setting themselves up for some future wins, so both sides seem to be winning with this deal.
Unfortunately, once it became public that Kyrie wanted out of Cleveland, they lost their leverage. They went looking for some young talent in a deal, like Devin Booker or Jayson Tatum, but were shot down at every turn. It looked like they were going to have to settle for a lesser package or bring Kyrie back to training camp and tell him to get along with LeBron.
Then this deal happened, and it’s a clear win for the Cavaliers. Cleveland lands an All-NBA point guard whose production next season will be close to what Kyrie was providing. And Thomas plays with more of a chip on his shoulder. In addition, the Cavaliers added something that they’ve been desperately needing. A guy who can knock down jumpers and cover the likes of Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant. And they did that with Crowder. … Read the rest