A few months ago, I wrote a post on one of my favorite all-time college basketball players, Nigel “Big Jelly/ Big Firm” Dixon, formerly of the Florida State Seminoles and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. As one of my more interesting posts, research on Nigel Dixon took me to web sites from several countries, including Greece and Korea; and with nearly 1,000 visitors and several comments, The Life and Times of Big Jelly became one of my most popular posts.
Well, it is with great excitement that I can say Nigel Dixon is again one step away from playing in the NBA. The Sioux Falls Skyforce, an NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves, signed Nigel and former Miami Hurricane Robert Hite this past Monday.
This is Nigel’s second stint with both the “D-League” and the Detroit Pistons organization. Although by playing in the D-League, Nigel’s chances of making an NBA roster have increased, his chances of making the Detroit Pistons are probably quite small since the Pistons’ recent acquisition of former NBA all-star Chris Webber. On the other hand, the odds of seeing Big Jelly in a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey are much more promising as current T-Wolves center/forward Eddie Griffin has often recently battled the long arm of the law. If Griffin is released due to his legal troubles, we could see the dawn of the Big Jelly/ Big Firm Era in the NBA.
Update: In his Sioux Falls Skyforce debut, Nigel Dixon played 15 minutes, scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
As we always do ’round the way, I have to give mad props to ol’ Stu for the heads up on this.