Tony Snell selected No. 20 by Bulls in NBA draft

Friday June 28th, 2013

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:  Derrick Rose Luol Deng Jimmy Butler
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.