Posted June 27, 2013

Tony Snell selected No. 20 by Bulls in NBA draft

2013 NBA draft
Tony Snell averaged 12.5 points and 2.6 rebounds at New Mexico last season.

Tony Snell averaged 12.5 points and 2.6 rebounds at New Mexico last season. (John W. McDonough/SI)

The Bulls selected Tony Snell with the No. 20 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Snell and how he fits with Chicago:

Bio: New Mexico | Junior | Small Forward

Vitals: 6-7, 198 pounds

2012-13 Statistics: 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 42.2 percent shooting in 35 games.

Strengths: Spacing is at a premium in the NBA today, and Snell might be one of the best floor-spacers in the draft. Last season he connected on 39 percent of his threes, and he’s shown that his range extends beyond the college line. Quick-footed and long, Snell can defend multiple positions.

Weaknesses: At this point, Snell appears to be just a catch-and-shoot player. He struggled when forced to put the ball on the floor at New Mexico, and he far too often settled for contested jumpers when an open look wasn’t immediately available. Scouts have also questioned his motor; shouldn’t a 6-7 player average more than 2.6 rebounds?

What Scouts Say: “He’s a really good shooter. Long and lean. His motor needs to be a lot higher. I think he plays at his own pace. Some of our guys like him more than I do.”

Team Fit: Snell is a pretty limited player, all things considered, but fits nicely as a catch-and-shoot type for a team that can always stand to add some perimeter shooting. Neither Derrick Rose nor Luol Deng is consistent enough from beyond the arc to space the floor reliably, but in Jimmy Butler and Snell the Bulls have an emerging pair of of marksmen to play off of Rose’s penetration. He won’t be asked to handle the ball much for Chicago, and should make for a really nice fit with the Bulls if he can meet Tom Thibodeau’s defensive demands and learn the nuances of off-ball movement at the NBA level.

5 comments
robdog_9
robdog_9

He has an immeasurable upside. Defensively he should transition well from New Mexico's game play and he moves incredibly well without the ball.

ChrisMazzei
ChrisMazzei

Tony is much better than his stats show.  He was just starting to provide that "gimme the ball" attitude with the team.  He's a class act.  He'll provide some glue to the team.  He's a gifted ball handler for someone who stands 6-7.  He's really a perfect fit, and we'll miss him in NM.

GodsGiftHolysmokes
GodsGiftHolysmokes

Can't wait to check em out in summer league, I wonder if Jimmy will be playing this year?

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

Your not going to get a top 5 talent at the 20th pick.  So you choose your poison.  Snell is a tall guard with a 3 point shot.  He is athletic, big hands, likes to play defense and has a good attitude.  Start with that like they did with Butler and Gibson.  bulls have a good feel on what they want.

chicagokevo
chicagokevo

I like the pick. He seems like he'll be a good "fit" into the Chicago Bulls organization which has made it a priority to draft only players with solid character. He obviously needs to put on some weight, but look at how Jimmy Butler has emerged & significantly upgraded his stock to the team thanks in large part to the his willingness to get stronger & the Bulls' coaching staff. Notwithstanding, Snell has that spontaneous explosiveness that can potentially translate well to the league; plus he'll be surrounded by talented veterans i.e. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson...