I felt bad for Bol Bol.
But not enough to wish that the Trail Blazers would take him with them What equates to a first-round theft on Thursday in the NBA Draft.
The Choice: Nassir Little from the University of North Carolina.
Little is long (7: 1 range), has excellent defensive potential and is only 19 years old. If Portland is committed to finding a high-profile player who works hard and has a lot of potential, they were very successful in the first round.
There is hardly any work to do on his outer shot. He has to learn to play exclusively on the perimeter again, as UNC has used him a lot to defend himself in color. But when Portland's election came and Little was still on the board, I wondered how he would play next to Zach Collins and maybe Anfernee Simons in a couple of seasons.
I loved the choice.
Not because Little gives Portland immediate help. He does not do it. That did not exist at No. 25. But because the choice made sense, has many advantages, and fits in stylistically with where the NBA game goes. It could have been more humane and with a lot of potential to choose Bol, but it was just too risky.
We will hear a lot about Little & # 39; s solid upbringing. He is a character educated by parents who have worked in the military. He has lived in England, Hawaii, Spain and Japan. We will hear from his engine. That's all good. But you need to know what scares some of the NBA teams.
He has to shoot better.
He also was only released on February 1
Little was an All-American from McDonald's who chose North Carolina over Duke, Arizona, Miami and Georgia Tech. He stays after a year of college and zero starts out raw. I suspect that his underdeveloped offensive game alone prevented the NBA teams from selecting him earlier. But from where Portland was sitting it was too much to find a player who would have been a breeze if he had stayed in college for another season 24 pick) and Collins (No. 10) in consecutive drafts was a speculative long play -Move. It's the game that NBA managers need to play.
Trail Blazer fans should celebrate the election.
Little is a bargain at No. 25.
Bol wore a spiderweb suit. Little wore red and black.
It's as if both knew it, right?
Little is going to play hard and feels like a pretty good bet to be a solid NBA defender. When it develops at the offensive end of the floor, the blazers will look really smart.
I suspect Portland will answer some of the trade requests as the design continues for teams that like Little and were surprised how he fell. I hope the blazers keep him. I would like to see what he becomes.