2 Rockets that earned untouchable status, 4 that should be forgotten expeditiously
4 players that should be forgotten expeditiously
If you want to trigger the Rockets' fanbase, just mention the name Daishen Nix and stand back. You could employ the same strategy if you want to witness the live equivalent of a Netflix comedy special.
Look, after a while it just seems harsh. And we've covered it before. Nix left many wondering why he was on an NBA roster. Or how he made it to the NBA at all.
But it didn't start out that way, as Rockets fans were clamoring for the former five-star prep prospect to get more playing time. Then it morphed into wondering why Nix was getting playing time over TyTy Washington, which will happen when you nab more turnovers than made field goals.
(I'm still trying to figure out how that's even possible.)
After helping the Rio Grande Vipers win the G-League title, Nix followed up with a strong Summer League performance in 2022. Nix averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals, en route to shooting 45.3 percent from the field, a staggering 45 percent from 3-point land (on four attempts), and a measly 45.5 percent from the charity stripe (which should have been a sign of what was to come).
The 3-point efficiency gave hope and optimism to many, as Nix had yet to develop a respectable 3-point shot, as he made just 26.9 percent of his attempts during his rookie NBA season. During Daishen's second season with the Rockets, he made just 34 percent of his field goal attempts and 28.6 percent of his triples, posting splits of 8.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
It's unfortunate for everyone involved that the Nix experiment went so poorly, as the Rockets have a need for a point guard and it could have been an opportunity for the 21-year-old to take advantage of.
Nix's days with the Rockets will surely be over.