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25 - Derrick Nix

Michigan St. 

  • Birthday: 12/11/90
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 270
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • High School: Pershing
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Overall

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2013

NBA Comparison: Michael Baptiste

Strengths: Wide bodied big man who improved by leaps and bounds as he got into better condition ... Soft hands, nice touch around the basket ... Improved his foot work as a back-to-the-basket player greatly ... Competitor who shows a lot of toughness, will not back down from physical play ... Can pass out of the post and double teams well ... Has quick hands to get the occasional steal ... Shot nearly 70% from the FT stripe as a senior ... Got better on the defensive glass as he lost weight ... Managed not to get fouls at a very high rate despite his physical presence in the post ... Changed his diet and weighed in at 270 during his senior season, down from 340 when he started as a Spartan ... Was a team captain and a fiery, emotional leader during his final year on the team ... Surprisingly agile for his size, deceptive near the basket ... Solid length, pesky defender and very difficult to post-up due to his strength ... Deceptively quick feet laterally ...

Weaknesses: While he has lost weight, his conditioning still can use work and is something that will have to be monitored relentlessly ... Given his size was not an elite rebounder, left something to desire on both ends of the floor when it comes to hitting the boards ... Speed well below average for even the center position ... Below the rim player who gets very little lift ... FG% went down quite a bit once he was asked to take more of an offensive role ... Not ideal height or length for a center ... Has not really displayed much ability to stretch the floor, limited to shooting near the basket ... At times let his emotions get the better of him, needs to try and keep this under control, especially in game situations

Notes: Has size, talent and touch, even if he never got to really show the best of it in his college career ... Leadership and overall chemistry with teammates, even through tiny bumps in the road, was impressive ... Showed maturity in the way he handled himself after adversity ... With continued work on conditioning, could definitely get some looks down the line ... Does not seem ready for the NBA at this point, though once again with more work on conditioning, over time might be a possibility ... Seems likely to either play in the D-League or Europe before hopefully putting things together for a shot at the NBA ... 1990 born so lacks much upside ...

Michael Visenberg 6/22/13

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