Nassir Little

Nassir Little

24-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/3/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Little is coming off a disappointing 2022-23 campaign in Portland. He managed to play just 54 games, closing outside the top 300 in standard formats. He ended with averages of 6.6 points per game to go with 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 made three-pointers. Still only 23 years of age, Little could find new beginnings in Phoenix. The defensive-minded forward was traded to the Suns this offseason as part of a blockbuster deal that landed Damian Lillard in Milwaukee. While Little has yet to establish himself as a must-play asset, the fact he has dealt with various injuries has to be taken into account. The 6-foot-5 wing shot a career-high 36.7 percent from deep last year, so he has the potential to be a solid three-and-D depth piece for a star-studded Suns squad. However, that role likely won't warrant much fantasy upside, so managers in standard leagues should look elsewhere at the end of drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension with the Trail Blazers in October of 2022. Traded to the Suns in September of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Out for Saturday
FPhoenix Suns
Knee
March 2, 2024
Little (knee) will not play Saturday versus Houston, Amanda Pflugrad of 3TV Phoenix reports.
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Little will miss his second game in a row Saturday, but his absence won't have a big impact on the rotation with Bradley Beal returning.
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How does Nassir Little compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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True Shooting %
57.9%
 
Effective Field Goal %
54.7%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
56.1%
 
Free Throw Rate
18.7%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.9%
 
Defensive Rebound %
14.3%
 
Total Rebound %
9.4%
 
Assist %
5.8%
 
Steal %
1.0%
 
Block %
2.1%
 
Turnover %
8.8%
 
Usage %
13.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
8.7
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.7
 
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On trade block
FPhoenix Suns
January 20, 2024
Little profiles as a top trade candidate for the Suns, Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Little has been sidelined for nine of Phoenix's past 11 games due to a knee issue, but he returned to action and logged four minutes in Friday's win over New Orleans. Averaging 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from deep in 14.7 minutes across 25 appearances this season, Little has been solid when available. His wing archetype and three additional years of team control at an average annual salary of $7.25 million makes him a viable trade asset.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2019
Little missed the final 10 weeks of the 2021-22 season due to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery, compounded by an abdominal issue that in turn, also required surgery. Prior to his injury, Little put together the best stretch of his career, scoring in double digits in 11 of 16 games. His playing time was consistently in excess of 30 minutes as the Trail Blazers battled through a number of injuries to key players. All signs point to Little being healthy to begin the season, and there's a chance he starts at small forward if the Blazers want some size on the wing next to Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons. However, unless he makes significant strides and starts consistently seeing 30 minutes per game, it seems unlikely he'll have standard-league relevance outside of streaming opportunities.
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.
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Unlikely to play Saturday
FPhoenix Suns
Knee
March 1, 2024
Little (knee) is doubtful for Saturday's game versus the Rockets, Gerald Bourguet of GoPHNX.com reports.
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Won't play against Houston
FPhoenix Suns
Knee
February 29, 2024
Little is out for Thursday's game versus the Rockets due to left knee inflammation.
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Gets garbage-time minutes in return
FPhoenix Suns
January 12, 2024
Little (knee) tallied three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 FT) and one turnover across four minutes in Thursday's 127-109 win over the Lakers.
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Removed from injury report
FPhoenix Suns
January 10, 2024
Little (knee) will be available for Thursday's game against the Lakers.
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Will not play Monday
FPhoenix Suns
Knee
January 8, 2024
Little (knee) will not appear in Monday's game against the Clippers, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com.
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