Nixon was drafted by the Lakers as the 22nd overall pick in 1977, and during his six-year career with the team, he helped them win NBA championships in 1979-80 and 1981-82. He was traded to the San Diego Clippers in 1983 and retired in 1989 as a two-time All-Star with 12,065 points. As of November 2010, he is the league's 24th all-time assist leader with 6,386.
Nixon is also known for a point he didn't score -- a faked free throw with three seconds remaining and the Lakers trailing by three points against the San Antonio Spurs in 1982. The faked shot led players from both teams to dash into the lane, the referees erroneously called a double lane violation and the Lakers went on to win in double-overtime. The result was reversed later and the league made the teams replay the final three seconds, with the Spurs winning.
As of November 2010, Nixon was an analyst for Lakers home games on Fox Sports West. He is married to Debbie Allen, an actress, dancer and choreographer.