BY: MICHAEL MAXCY
Nassir Little 6-7 220lbs Small Forward North Carolina
Little is a very strong and athletic wing. He has a solid ready-made NBA body that will ease his transition at the next level. He likes to use his muscle and size to take advantage on smaller defenders.
Efficient down low
Little is the most effective when down low. He has a good post game for a wing player and seems to know how to use his body with his back to the basket as well. He moves well without the ball and cuts really well. Good finisher in the paint usually ending with a nice kiss off the glass or monster dunk.
He really excels in the open court. He runs the floor really well and finishes usually with a dunk. Very quick once he gets the ball in transition and explodes to the rim either drawing a foul or a thunderous jam.
Little has a terrific wingspan of 7 feet 2 inches. This helps him on the defensive end as he can deflect balls that lead to steals and easy baskets on the other end. Offensively he can get to alley-oops over defenders as well as chase down loose ball's.
While he shoots at 50 percent from the field, he shoots a mediocre 25 percent from three. His jumper looks fluid but he doesn't seem to get the results he needs. It's not too far off and scouts think he will be able to fix that in the pros.
Little has shown the ability to be a good one the ball defender. Where he struggles is with his help defense. He tends to be late on rotations and sometimes looks lost on switches. switching is big in the NBA and he will need to get better in that area.
As a wing, he will need to be better with decision making and passing the ball. Once he puts the ball on the floor, he really only looks to score and he will need to find cutters and shooters.
Many ate questioning North Carolina coach Roy Willians for not playing Little enough. He is tallying under 19 minutes a game, which seems surprising for such a high recruit. Williams claims he hasn't played well enough to be a starter and his defense has been bad. His lack of playing time makes me question how good he really was coming out of high school.
I think Little has the potential to be a two-way player similar to Leonard. They are relatively the same size, both touted as good on the ball defenders and neither had a good perimeter game entering the NBA. Obviously, it may take a bit for Little to become as good as Leonard, but he has all the tools to make that happen.
A projected top-five pick who has seen his stock drop recently. I still believe he doesn't fall out of the lottery and could potentially rise back into top 5 talk.