The Chicago Bulls really lacked in depth scoring this past year and with the absence of Derrick Rose Bulls’ GM Gar Forman looked to address the situation. He tried his best by adding 6′ 9″ Tony Snell from the University of New Mexico out of the Mountain West Conference. Snell will be considered a role player for Chicago in the coming years as he will probably go back and forth from the bottom of the rotation for Tom Thibodeau to the Developmental League’s Iowa Energy.
Tony Snell was a three year player for the Lobos of New Mexico and in his Junior season he averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Another thing to note about Snell is that he was never injured in college which could help his developmental status as compared to someone like a Nerlens Noel who missed all of last year with a leg injury. Snell played in all 35 of New Mexico’s games the past two seasons which shows that even for a guy who runs the floor and shoots a lot of shots. He has the ability to be a high energy contributor for some offensive punch off the bench. Seems to be pegged as a spot up shooter who has trouble bringing the ball up court. As a Small Forward he may be pushing it while dealing with bigger more physical players. Snell is currently listed as 198 lbs which wouldn’t suit even a quick forward.
It’ll be interesting to see how this pick pans out for Chicago, it’s clearly a need pick over value as he could’ve gone later in the first round. Snell will have trouble picking up playing time next year and for the most part these players taken outside the top five or even ten seem to be more projects in the NBA as compared to other sports like the NFL.