Nix’s first pro season comes to an end with G-League playoff loss

March 8, 2021

Daishen Nix

Anchorage’s Daishen Nix may have seen his NBA G League season come to an end with a playoff loss, but his pro career is just getting started.

His decision to turn pro straight out of high school was validated after the 19-year-old point guard turned in a solid season, working his way into the starting lineup and playing a significant role in helping the Ignite snag the league’s eighth and final playoff berth.

Nix scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added three rebounds, three assists and a steal in a 127-102 loss to top-seeded Raptors 905 in the first-round, single-elimination postseason format.

He drained his only 3-point attempt and went inside like a big guard, utilizing his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame. He ran the floor well and would have had more assists had his teammates finished around the rim.

Nevertheless, Nix was one of the bright spots. That was the case all season for the Ignite.

Nix was top-5 on his team in points (8.9), rebounds (5.2) and assists (5.1) in 16 games. His assist average was top-20 in the G League.

He scored double figures seven times with a season high of 25 points, making him just the third Alaskan to reach the 25-point mark in the G League.

He had one double-double with 13 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Two games later he handed off a season-high 13 assists – the most by an Alaskan at the pro level.

Next up for Nix will be the June 6 NBA Draft. He is projected to go mid-to-late first round. Either way, he looks to be a lock to get drafted.

There hasn’t been an Alaskan in the NBA since 2018 when Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers played for the Memphis Grizzlies. From 1999 to 2018, the NBA had at least one active Alaska player in Trajan Langdon, Carlos Boozer and Chalmers. The Big 3.

Nix leads the next wave of Alaskans with NBA potential. Another one is Anchorage’s JT Thor, a 6-foot-10 freshman at Auburn University.