ESPN's latest 2019 NBA mock draft - Nassir Little to Celtics at #2
ESPN's 2019 NBA mock draft is out and it shows Nassir Little going to the Boston Celtics at #2 via the Sacramento Kings' pick. Previously unranked two years ago, Little has steadily climbed the charts to his current position.
Nassir was named MVP of the McDonald's All-American game where he notched 28 points and five rebounds while shooting 12-of-17 from the field and 2-of-4 on threes. In the Jordan Brand Classic, he was named co-MVP, hitting 9-of-14 shots and taking down six boards.
Little is listed at 6'7" and 215 pounds with a massive 7'2" wingspan. He is known for his tenacious defense and solid rebounding. But he can also shoot the ball, as seen in the above stats. He is very strong and already has an NBA-ready physique. He is currently positioned on the mock draft between R. J. Barrett at #1 and Cam Reddish at #3.
ESPN’s latest 2019 mock draft has Nassir Little going No. 2 to the Celtics, which would be the latest in Danny Ainge’s quest to build a lineup that could have a defensive rating of 0.0.
Little is a well built and powerful athlete who has all the physical tools to be a big time NBA small forward. He's a late bloomer type, who is just starting to put all his skills together and take his game to the next level.
A menace on the defensive end, Little is a hyper-active defender who moves his feet well, gets down in his stance and has quick hands. He can handle almost any defensive assignment and seems to take the match up personally. His perimeter defense is truly special for a player his size.
He's got crazy length with a plus 8 wingspan, allowing him to play big, rebound in traffic and disrupt on the defensive end.
On the offensive end, he can score with his back to the basket, showing a nice turn around jumper and a slick up and under move. He has a quick spin move and drop step move and shows exceptional bounce to the rim. He has some combo forward skills and can be a small ball 4 or big wing.
A dynamic transition player who is at his best in an up tempo game.
He plays a complete game and has all the effort and intensity you can ask for. He rebounds and defends well and knows how to pass the rock and operate within the flow of the offense.
Has a little Kawhi Leonard in his game. And a little Aaron Gordon.
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