Air Force veteran Dan Nwaelele, is reportedly signed to the Memphis Grizzlies training camp roster. Recent signee Patrick Christopher’s contract was non-guaranteed. The Grizzlies seem to be going with a Hollins/Nwaelele tandem.
Hearing that the Grizzlies won't be bringing Patrick Christopher to training camp now; Dan Nwaelele and Ryan Hollins on camp roster instead
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 24, 2015
The 31-year old Nwaelele, had an opportunity to sign with the San Antonio Spurs as early as 2007. After completing active duty in 2012, Nwaelele played for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League. He averaged 12.4 points (45.4 FG%), 4.3 rebounds, 2 assists and 0.9 steals a game in 2013-14’s regular season. Playing 31.1 minutes per game, Nwaelele held solid percentages beyond the arch (.416). Scoring 2.2 of an average 5.3 three point shot attempts. He scored 50.3 FG% of two point shooting attempts. He could be the scorer the Memphis Grizzlies need on the perimeter.
During the Santa Cruz Warriors 7-game playoff run, Nwaelele averaged 12 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Nwaelele returned to the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp in 2013. The Santa Cruz Warriors announced his return in January 2015. The 6’4, 205 lbs Nwaelele can switch between the guard and small forward positions.
During his time at the Air Force, Nwaelele ranked No. 2 for career three point percentage with 45.1% (97-215 three point shots). He’s 57th on the career scoring list with a total of 567 points. Before the Air Force, Nwaelele was a three-time team MVP averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game as a Senior. He was the second leading scorer in Inglemoor history, receiving all-state and first team all-league selections.
Memphis Grizzlies Opportunity
This might be Nwaelele’s big break in the NBA if the Memphis Grizzlies choose to move forward. They’ve definitely got a need for three point shooters. Particularly when the post is double teamed and they need to pass it back out the an open player. Making the camp roster is an opportunity to showcase everything you got.