NASSIR LITTLE 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: NORTH CAROLINA
WEIGHT: 220 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 10 PICK
- Lengthy, well-built wing (6’6″ with a 7’1 wingspan) with a frame that can fill out even more
- Very good athlete who can attack the basket going downhill, and use his athleticism to finish strong at the rim
- Not afraid to unleash his pull-up three, which is becoming more and more consistent
- Leverages his strong vertical leap into offensive rebounds and put-backs
- High-energy defender who will press the guy he’s defending into bad shots and/or turnovers
- 2-way player/Can impact a game on both ends of the court
- More of a scorer/finisher than a play-maker or facilitator, not someone whom you can necessarily run the offense through
- Loves to take the three, but there’s still work to do for this to be a reliable weapon
- Not especially fluid with the ball in his hands
- Will need coaching to ensure that he remains completely focused and motivated
As a consensus top-10 recruit in the star-studded 2018 high school recruiting class, forward Nassir Little might be one of the best pure basketball talents to come through Chapel Hill in years. If he continues on his current trajectory, he will be highly coveted by NBA types, because of what he projects to: a thick-bodied wing player who can legitimately play at three spots on the floor.
Little is a well-above-average athlete with long limbs, both of which he leverages amply in his game. He can launch (and make) jump shots out to three-point range above his defenders, post up guys his size in the paint, and generate a ton of second-chance opportunities in the paint thanks to his energy on the offensive boards. Further, his length and size are even more tantalizing because of the motor he’s shown on defense. He will smother guys with the basketball, forcing them into a lot of bad decisions.
There are some who’ll tell you that when they see Little, they see flashes of a Kawhi Leonard-type player. While the admittedly lofty comparison might not be that far-fetched, Little will need a coach who can keep him focused and committed to improvement to truly unlock all of his true potential. He’s made great strides from his high school days, even halfway through his freshman season in Chapel Hill, which speak to what he can become with further nurturing.
Due to the Tarheels current talent and depth, Little has been coming off the bench as the 6th man. Fans and critics of UNC are pulling for him to be in the starting lineup. To NBA scouts, this doesn’t matter at all. The former McDonald’s All-American is the best pro prospect on the team and currently projects as a top 10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. We have really liked Little’s game since the first time we saw him in high school.
Little’s game is suited for the current NBA style of play. With his ability to affect games on both ends of the court, guard multiple positions, and an ever expanding offensive repertoire, Nassir Little shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called on draft night. He should have one of the easiest transitions from college to the NBA than anyone in the upcoming Draft.
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