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Schmitz: Blazers Landing Little at No. 25 is ‘Pure Robbery’

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ESPN NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz lists the teams that passed on Nassir Little in the ‘losers’ column.

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Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey wasn’t the only person shocked by Nassir Little’s slide down the draft board on Thursday. According to ESPN’s Mike Schmitz, Portland landed a gem at pick No. 25.

In a post-draft roundtable discussing winners and losers, Schmitz placed the teams that passed on Little in the latter of the two categories.

Although Little turned in a disappointing freshman season at UNC, nabbing a 6-6 forward with a 7-1 wingspan, 225-pound frame, 8-9 standing reach and high-level explosiveness at No. 25 is pure robbery.

Schmitz went on to compare Little to current Celtics forward Jaylen Brown.

Sure, he needs to improve his feel for the game, but Little showed big-time flashes at the high school level and has far more upside than a handful of players selected ahead of him. He reminds me a little bit of Jaylen Brown -- a wing with strong tools who often looked lost as a college freshman. But Brown has become one of Boston’s most promising young pieces.

Little was featured off North Carolina’s bench in 36 contests last season. He produced averages 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

You can read ESPN’s full post-draft analysis by clicking here.