Alaskan-grown player makes NBA debut in Houston

Through Daily News from Anchorage

Updated: 23 minutes ago Posted: 57 minutes ago

Daishen Nix, who was born and raised in Alaska, entered the game for the Houston Rockets on Monday, adding one more name to the very short list of players with Alaskan roots to reach the NBA. Nix, a shooting guard, was called up from the Rio Grande Valley of the NBA G League for the game in Houston against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Nix had no points and an assist in two minutes on his debut in the big leagues. He joins Trajan Langdon, Carlos Boozer, Mario Chalmers and JT Thor as Alaskans having played in the NBA. Thor, who played junior college basketball at West High School Anchorage, was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in July and made his season debut on Oct. 7 against the Grizzlies. Thor, a power forward, was sent to the G League on November 18.

Nix moved with his family to Nevada after college in Anchorage, in part to pursue basketball opportunities. As a high school student in Las Vegas with Trinity International, Nix became a highly sought after rookie and was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. Nix pledged to play for UCLA, but withdrew in favor of the G League.

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