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2013 NBA Draft – #20: Tony Snell
Posted By Joel Brigham On June 27, 2013 @ 10:42 pm In NBA Draft | No Comments
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng has led the NBA in minutes played for two seasons in a row, but that may change next season as the Bulls drafted some depth at small forward by selecting New Mexico small forward Tony Snell.
The same things that were said about Jimmy Butler a couple of years ago—that he’s really good at everything, but not great at anything—are often said about Snell, whose spot-up shooting ability will really help the Bulls on the offensive end if and when he sees the floor next season. He shot 39% from three last season, and he’s very quick, very strong, and very hard-working. Plus, he’s accustomed to playing a ton of minutes. Sounds like a match made in heaven for Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Knowing how little Butler played as a rookie and how little Marquis Teague played last season, there’s a great chance Snell will have his warm-ups on pretty often next season in Chicago. Still, the Bulls were either going to draft a center to back up Joakim Noah or a scoring swingman to help stretch the floor and add some offense for the perimeter, and it’s clear that with Snell they opted for the latter.
He’ll be in a good system with a coach that should bring out the best in that seven-foot wingspan, especially on the defensive end. Snell had better gear up to work harder than he’s ever worked in his basketball life. He could be in for a deep playoff run in Chicago next spring.
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