After going undrafted in the 2021 NBA draft, Daishen Nix joined the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League roster and performed well. However, the 6'4 point guard didn't make the 76ers, but he was able to latch on with the Houston Rockets.
Initially, Nix had to earn his spot through the Rockets' training camp, and many thought the only way the rookie would make the team was by signing a two-way contract due to their abundance of guard depth. Although he wouldn't see any real playing time, the front office decided he was too valuable not to give a two-way deal to.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rocket's G League affiliate, quickly inserted Nix into the starting lineup. One of the intriguing aspects of Nix's game is that he is a traditional point guard whose game is predicated on getting his teammates good and open looks throughout every possession. It's rare in today's NBA to find a true point guard and it is one reason why the Rockets were sold on keeping and developing him.
It's safe to say that the Rockets did the right thing by keeping Nix because in his time with the Vipers he has averaged 23 points and close to eight assists per game.
Nix has always been a gifted passer, but what many teams wanted to know is if he could shoot from the perimeter. This resulted in him signing a four-year contract with the Rockets.
The Rockets reported that veteran players such as Christian Wood, Dennis Schroder, and Eric Gordon will be shut down for the remainder of the year in order to for younger players to get meaningful minutes down the stretch. This means Nix will get a chance on the biggest stage against the best competition in the world to continue to hone his craft.
In the games Nix has played, he's shown the tendency to be the team's main facilitator off the bench, which remains his best trait.
Nix knows that this season isn't a make-or-break moment, but as he continues to get meaningful playing time, he needs to show the team that he can be a leader on and off the court. Vipers Head Coach Abdul Abdelfattah praised the rookie for the improvements he has made since he played for the G-League Ignite instead of playing collegiately.
Nix's future with the team seems to be in good hands as he develops the backup point guard behind Kevin Porter Jr., for the time being.