Nix shows out in scrimmage to prove he belongs in NBA G League

December 17, 2020

Daishen Nix

Daishen Nix of Anchorage looked pretty sweet in his first taste of professional basketball.

The 18-year-old rookie with the NBA G League Ignite showcased his shiftiness and stick-to-itiveness in two scrimmages against G League alums in Walnut Creek, California.

Nix just missed a double-double in the first game with nine points and nine assists in a 113-107 loss. Two days later, the point guard reached double figures with 10 points in a 125-99 loss.

The Ignite are a first-year G League team made up of veterans and rookies, including a handful like Nix, who turned pro straight out of high school through the league’s new pathway program.

The 6-foot-5 McDonald’s All-American originally was going to go to college at UCLA but changed his mind and instead signed a six-figure contract with the G League.

“He’s a gamer and eventually you see his special skills,” said Ignite coach Brian Shaw.

Nix displayed killer court vision in the first scrimmage, dropping enough dimes to nearly make a dollar. He also drained 4-of-6 field goals, added three steals and made a 3-pointer.

In the second scrimmage his shot was off target, going 4-for-13; yet he stuck with it and got to the foul line on his way to netting double digits.

Nix led his team with 11 assists in the series and ranked fourth with 19 points. Defensively, he held his own and committed just one of his team’s 31 fouls.