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Nix should be a 20-10 guy in the NBA. It's really simple. He's going to score and rebound at will just on superior effort because NBA players are lazy. It won't matter that he moves laterally like he has cement shoes on. They don't play defense in the NBA so getting burned relentlessly on pick and rolls won't be a big deal.
I've learned this from the RCMB's astute NBA observers over the years.
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Nix has a slim chance, but would need to go to a team that has absolutely no inside scoring on their bench. If a team needs an interior player who can come off the bench and run an offense through that player for a few possessions, I could see Nix being valuable in that role. I don't know enough about the NBA to know if there is a team that needs that or wants that. That same team would also need great team defenders cause Nix would struggle guarding NBA big men.
Nix could make it but he has to work on his weight issues first and play oversees like charlie bell
I think with his time demands with classes and basketball and stress he always puts on weight during the course of a season.
He has good touch, great passer, and solid rebounder.
If he could lose 30lbs lbs and keep it off he could play better defense on the pick and roll, run the court better, and get more lift when he jumps.
Also since he has improved his free throw shooting why couldn't he develop a jump shot?
With his height, he'd probably be a 4 in the NBA. Not athletic enough to guard that position in the NBA.
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Well, at 22 Randolph was averaging 20/10 for the Trailblazers and played in 81 of 82 games, so ...
I can see Nix getting NBA minutes in a couple scenarios.
He could be a Corliss Williamson type bunch post scorer. Especially mowing on teams that don't have a good post defender or other teams second unites. I think he'd eat Taj Gibson types alive down low with a little more season.
Secondly, with his passing skills, if he develops a reliable set shot (and his ft improvement suggests he can), he could do a lot of damage as the NBA has better shooters and more space to work with.
Too small to be a center and not athletic enough to be a power forward.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
There's a chance that Nix could play in Europe for a few years, lose some weight, keep improving his skills (maybe add some moves to the right? face up game?) and end up on an NBA bench for a cup of coffee or two.
But as everyone else in this thread has pointed out, he's too short to play center in the NBA and too slow to play PF.
I imagine he'll make a nice living in the foreign leagues, however, if he wants to follow that career path.
I have a feeling he could make it given the chance. Glen Davis is 6'9" 289 but he is probably quicker and more athletic for that size.
A man's gotta eat!
Big Baby is also 4 times the athlete and leader. He runs down the court and it's a feature of his game. He hustles.
And he's a 4
This post was edited by WavSpartan 13 months ago
You should stop before you embarrass yourself even more.
Hello Zach Randolph. Charles Barkley. Corliss Williamson.
If you got great hands and some other intangibles you can still contribute to your team winning.
Bigs with passing ability are rare though. Draymond Green is in the league. Maybe Nix can find a role too. Especially with the way he's improved every year and still trending up.
But Draymond can play point forward. He can handle the ball. He can run the court. He can lead a fast break.
If Derrick Nix can't park his ass on the block, he is useless on the court to an NBA team.
All of these players have decent to very good outside shots and are stronger than Nix. Barkley is one of the great rebounders for his size in league history. In college he shot 64% and averaged nearly 10 RPG and was a second team All American. As much as I like Nix, this comparison is spurious at best.
I agree and I hope he does do that if he wants to continue to play. He really has come a heck of a long way since high school and that is a credit to him and to Tom Izzo.
Didn't you peeps see his steal and spin move after that great bobble-dunk by Payne? He can handle the rock man, I'm telling ya. It was like March of the Penguins meets the Globetrotters.
Seriously, I see Nix in Europe. That or IR porn.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
I think Nix will start out overseas and have to prove himself there first. He has to get some kind of jump shot. In college he can still be good with just posting everyone up all the time in the NBA u cant get away with that unless your Shaq.
Such a stupid statement its incredible. Zach Randolph left as a freshman for a reason. His freshman year was 20x better than Nix' and had Randolph been a fourth year senior he would've been the player of the year and put up nearly 20 and 10 a game.
Get serious. Randolph has been a pro for 15 years almost and is the best pro we've put in the NBA since Steve Smith and I'd argue Randolph has had a similar amount of success. He may be the second best player to EVER wear an MSU jersey besides Magic (when you look at pro success).
I love Nix but you're way off.
This post was edited by Punisher99 13 months ago
He can be a lane clogger in the NBA, his biggest issue is that he is not a shot blocker, but they tend to be help-side defenders and that wouldn't be his job. His job would be to keep the opposing big man from getting position in the paint. He could be a specialist, nothing more... a la Dexter Pittman, but he would have to work twice as hard as other big men or be out of the league... a la Dexter Pittman.
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Randolph came in to Michigan State with a 15 foot jumper and an array of post moves that most 5th year pros don't have. Nix still can't go to his right. The comparison between the two of them isn't even close.
Zach was/is much more talented than Nix. Even when extremely overweight, Barkley was explosive. Corliss wasn't center and had range on his J.
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