Nassir Little
Nassir Little
20-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Little was projected by many to go much higher than pick 25, and he could be a valuable selection by Portland. He averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds (47.8 FG%, 26.9 3P%, 77.0 FT%) in 18.2 minutes per game while coming off the bench for North Carolina as a freshman this past year. Little appeared in four summer league games, but he was underwhelming. In 17.6 minutes per game, he averaged 3.3 points on 4.5 shots and 3.3 rebounds. It seems like he'll have to put in some work with the training staff to get to a skill level more in line with how he was viewed coming out of high school, which was that of a top-five recruit. Portland is relatively thin at small forward, but Little will still have to beat out Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood, Anthony Tolliver and Mario Hezonja to see consistent playing time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.32 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Nassir Shamai Little was born in 2000 in Pensacola, Florida. He is the son of Harold and April Little, who both served in the United States Military. Little started his high school career at Oakleaf High School in Jacksonville before transferring to Orlando Christian Prep after his sophomore year. He graduated as salutatorian of his class with a 4.2 GPA while being a member of the National Honors Society. Little was named the MVP of the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game and the co-MVP of the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic before spending one year with Roy WIlliams at UNC and departing for the NBA. You can follow Nassir Little on Twitter @2ez_Nassie and on Instagram @Nassir.

College/International Summary

A highly touted recruit in the 2018 class, Little played one season at North Carolina. He appeared in 36 games, making one start and averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 18.2 minutes per game. Little reached double-figures in scoring 18 times and topped 20 points on three occasions. On Jan. 21 against Virginia Tech, he dropped a career-best 23 points in only 20 minutes. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Little scored 19 points in a win over Iona. And versus Washington in the Round of 32, he would finish with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Cleared for exhibition finale
FPortland Trail Blazers
July 28, 2020
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that Little cleared the NBA's concussion protocol and will be available Tuesday for Portland's exhibition finale versus Oklahoma City, Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
Little will be playing in the NBA bubble in Orlando for the first time after he was diagnosed with a concussion back on July 20 after hitting his head on the court during practice. The Trail Blazers will likely ease Little back into action with a light workload, but once the season restarts this weekend, the rookie could see a slight uptick in playing time from the 11.9 minutes he averaged prior to the NBA's hiatus. With Rodney Hood (Achilles) out for the season and Trevor Ariza (personal) opting out of joining the Trail Blazers in the bubble, Little, Gary Trent and Mario Hezonja will be vying for primary backup duties at small forward behind Carmelo Anthony.
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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2019
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
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Clears first concussion protocol
FPortland Trail Blazers
July 25, 2020
Little (concussion) cleared the first concussion protocol but did not practice Saturday, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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In concussion protocol
FPortland Trail Blazers
July 21, 2020
Little entered the league's concussion protocol after hitting his head during Monday's practice, Royce Young of reports.
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Shoots well in return
FPortland Trail Blazers
February 22, 2020
Little (ankle) played 18 minutes off the bench and produced nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist Friday in the Trail Blazers' 128-115 loss to the Pelicans.
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Expected back Friday
FPortland Trail Blazers
February 20, 2020
Little (ankle) will play Friday against the Pelicans, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Won't play Wednesday
FPortland Trail Blazers
February 12, 2020
Little (ankle) is out for Wednesday's contest against Memphis, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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