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Nassir Little Listed as Player to Watch in Summer League Play

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ESPN’s Mike Schmitz views Blazers forward Nassir Little as player needing to progress, starting in the 2021 Summer League.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are scheduled to open up Summer League play, starting with a Sunday afternoon matinee against the Charlotte Hornets. The Blazers will introduce an experienced roster of longtime NBA veterans, such as Michael Beasley and Kenneth Faried. But in considering a player to watch from each team, ESPN NBA Insiders Kevin Pelton and Mike Schmitz chose 20-year-old sophomore forward Nassir Little. Schmitz described Little as follows:

“With the Blazers in dire need of length and shooting around Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, this is an excellent opportunity for 21-year-old Little to prove he’s worthy of a spot in the rotation after appearing in 51 games (12.4 minutes) last season. At 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Little was always more of a long-term prospect when the Blazers selected him No. 25 overall in 2019. As he enters his third year in the NBA, Little needs to show more promise as a shooter (35% from 3), defender and decision-maker. — Schmitz”

This will be Little’s second cameo in the Las Vegas Summer League. Little is slated to start alongside Faried, 2020 second-round pick CJ Elleby, Erik McCree, and George King. Last season, the former North Carolina Tar Heel saw across-the-board improvements in minutes played, points scored, rebounds and assists, as well as his percentages from the field, from 3-point range, and from the free throw line.

The link can be found above, for those that want to see the players to watch from the NBA’s other 29 teams (subscription required).