|League||LNB Pro A|
February 10, 1987 |
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|High school||St. Anthony
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
|College||Saint Joseph's (2005–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|2012–2013||Poitiers Basket 86|
|2013–2014||Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez|
|Career highlights and awards|
A power forward, he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 56th overall pick of the 2009 draft. He was quickly released and then played in Europe for Bàsquet Manresa in the Spanish ACB. He previously played for the Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team. He is the school's leader in career field goal percentage (63.4). He is also one of 26 Hawks to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career. Nivins is fifth on SJU's all-time list with 110 blocks. On December 10, 2011, the draft rights to Nivins were traded to the New York Knicks, along with the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis and Tyson Chandler in a three-way trade. The Mavericks received Andy Rautins from the Knicks and a second round pick from the Washington Wizards. The Wizards received Ronny Turiaf from the Knicks in addition to a Dallas 2012 second round pick, and 2013 Knicks second round pick, and cash considerations.
College Chalk Talk listed him as the second best returning player in the Atlantic 10 for the 2008-09 season. Jeff Goodman of FoxSports ranked Nivins as the number one player who needs to "come back" for his team to succeed. Said Goodman, "It’s not as if he was bad or anything, but the talented big man will have to dominate this season".
Nivins was the 2009 Atlantic-10 Player of the Year and 2009 Big 5 Player of the Year.
Nivins also attended County Prep high school in Jersey City.