In his first game back since an ankle injury, Chicago Bulls guard David Nwaba played with energy and effort in his team’s narrow loss.
As the rebuild rages on, it’s relieving to see some role players on the Bulls roster playing a major role in the team’s success. Despite the loss, David Nwaba’s return was the best showing from a Bulls player tonight.
Despite not being on the floor late in action, Nwaba’s 22 minutes of play had a huge role in keeping the team alive. The guard hit 4-of-7 from the field, scoring an under-the-radar 9 points in the loss
Tonight was Nwaba’s first night on the floor after missing 11 consecutive games, but he reminded fans what they were missing. It’s the guard’s energy and effort that truly provide an impact on the Bulls offensive and defensive fronts.
It was relieving to see the second-year man looked normal in his return performance. His ankle injury came in his lone start in the NBA. More performances like tonight could give Nwaba a front to regain the role currently occupied by Denzel Valentine.
Nwaba was by-far the team’s leader in plus/minus, finishing +14 in the column. It’s unknown how many minutes he was on-schedule to play tonight, but Coach Fred Hoiberg clearly wanted him in the mix.
Furthermore, in the effort department, Nwaba lead the Bulls with 9 rebounds on the night, which came in-tune with his 5 assists. The team clearly moved the ball better and with more velocity when the turbo-charged guard had minutes.
The Bulls didn’t but Nwaba in the game late, a questionable decision by Hoiberg. Ideally, if the Bulls have a hot hand on the bench, it might be worth giving them chances late. Instead, the Bulls took a loss to the Kings, making it their eight-straight.