According to Sam Gordon of of Review-Journal, undrafted free agent guard Daishen Nix will suit up for the Sixers in the 2021 Summer League. Nix, who will turn 20 in February of 2022, played for G League Ignite last season in the NBA developmental program’s bubble.
At 6’5″, Nix possesses a tremendous frame for the point guard position. He leverages that frame to protect the ball when it’s in his hands and generate windows for attack. Nix’s impressive feel for the game of basketball presents itself in his passing. The Athletic‘s Sam Vecenie deemed Nix to be “one of the most creative passers in the class”.
Nix is not much of a shooter at this point in his career. But, he is adept at attacking the rim and leveraging his to score over people. Nix can change speeds and directions rather well as a ball-handler, despite his propensity for making bad decisions when faced with ball pressure. However, his lack of agility and athleticism hinders his ability to create space. His vertical athleticism isn’t impressive, either. That athleticism bleeds into the defensive side of the ball, where he is unable to square with offensive players and keep them in front. His engagement on defense is a concern, as well. Offensive players can escape him with good off-ball movement, and he cannot yet be trusted to be in the appropriate positions in help.
While there are very clear limitations to Nix’s game, he’s still very young and raw. It seems the Sixers are taking a flyer on one of the draft’s youngest guards. If Nix impresses, perhaps he’ll rock blue in Delaware this season.