Atlanta Hawks: Reasons Nassir Little is a Top Draft Option

Atlanta Hawks, Nassir Little (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Nassir Little (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Hawks, Nassir Little (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Expert Opinion

Though Nassir Little is not in consideration to be selected in the top three as he was prior to last season, he is still rated pretty high by many draft experts. Little checks in at number ten in the ESPN best available player list, complied by draft experts Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony. Draft expert Jeremy Woo of isn’t quite as high on Little, but still has him slotted as a lottery pick. He projects Nassir to be drafted number 13 to the Miami Heat, in his most up to date mock draft.

Rashad Phillips, a former two-time MCC player of the year turned draft guru, is one of the biggest Nassir Little supporters in NBA world. Phillips is known on Twitter as the “Yoda” of the NBA Draft. He predicted that Trae Young would be a member of the Atlanta Hawks when Young was thought to be a fringe top ten prospect early in the process. He also had Young ranked at the top of his draft board, when many experts questioned rather his skills would translate to the NBA. Anytime a man called “Yoda” that predicted Trae Young to the Hawks really loves a prospect, he’s worth a second look. And a deeper look at Little shows that the upside is clearly there.

Nassir Little’s NBA Comparison

Rashad Phillips – Jaylen Brown

Draft guru Rashad Phillips has titled Nassir Little “the engine” due to his high motor. He compares Nassir to Boston Celtics guard and Atlanta native Jaylen Brown. Little also compares favorably to Brown physically. Phillips recently tweeted that Nassir Little along with Cam Reddish, should be the top two choices for the Atlanta Hawks in the upcoming NBA Draft. He compares them to former NFL stars Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski.

Rashad Phillips of, broke down the game of Nassir Little at the 5:55 second mark of this YouTube video. He also looks at wings Jarrett Culver and R.J. Barret. As Phillips would say, “roll the tape!”: