Nix nets 12 points in NBA G League debut, pays tribute to Alaska

February 10, 2021

Daishen Nix

With ‘907’ written on his right calf to remind the world where he considers home, Daishen Nix of Anchorage hit the ground running in his first professional appearance and used a sensational start to highlight his dynamic debut in the NBA G League.

The 18-year-old rookie pumped in 11 points in the first half and showcased a luxurious layup package and killer court vision as the Ignite beat the Santa Cruz Warriors 109-104 on ESPN2.

The prep-to-pro playmaker finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes off the bench.

He didn’t start the game, but Nix was on the court at the end when his team sealed the deal in the final minutes.

It was a big win for the Ignite, who are comprised of a mix of players ranging from NBA veterans and young guns like Nix, who opted for a six-figure salary in the G League rather than signing with UCLA out of high school.

Nix played alongside 37-year-old Jarrett Jack and played against 32-year-old Jeremy Lin.

The whole time Nix looked like he belonged.

He already looks like a pro player. The sturdy 6-foot-5, 230-pounder looks like an NFL player more than a traditional NBA prospect.

But nothing about Nix is typical.

“I’ve been impressed with Nix,” said ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo. “He’s got some savvy for a young guy.”

Nix is just the sixth Alaskan to play in the G League and just the third one to record double figures in his debut, joining Sitka’s Roderick Wilmont in 2011 and Anchorage’s Devon Bookert from 2019.

Nix showed no fear on the big stage and delivered a signature moment almost immediately upon entering the game for the first time, driving to the rim and converting a tough layup after switching hands in mid-air with a defender draped all over him.

On the next possession, he made a steal and dished his first pro assist on Jack’s 3-pointer.

“What a start for Daishen Nix,” Lobo said. “He comes out and scores, and absorbs contract, and then on that possession he does a great job of going left and finding his open guy in the right corner.”

Later in the half, Nix twice scored on driving layups – finishing the first one with his left hand and the second one with his right hand. The second layup came in traffic and he was bumped, inspiring Nix to show off.

“A little flex from the young man from Alaska,” said the ESPN play-by-play guy.

Nix is shifty and strong, and once he gets a defender on his hip on a drive to the rim, it’s over; he will use his strength and length to finish the play.

Near the end of the second quarter, Nix drained a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock. At the end of the third quarter, his dribble-drive-and-dish to Jack resulted in a 3-pointer to the buzzer that gave the Ignite a 92-75 lead.