2013 NBA Draft: Chicago Bulls Botch No. 20 Pick With Tony Snell

By Ryan Heckman

I am at a loss for words, here.

The Chicago Bulls could have easily taken either Mason Plumlee out of Duke, Gorgui Dieng out of Louisville or Tim Hardaway Jr. from Michigan. All three would have been great fits.

Chicago went a completely different route that nobody really saw coming, drafting Tony Snell out of New Mexico. Snell is labeled as a shooter, and makes 47 percent of his pull-up jumpers — best out of the draft class. That, at least, has to be encouraging for head coach Tom Thibodeau. Chicago needs someone to create offense aside from Derrick Rose.

The tough thing that I cannot get over is that overall he only shot 42 percent last season. Only putting up 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and less than a steal per game, though, make this pick a bit odd to me, especially with the guys available still.

That stat line isn’t even close to as valuable as where they could have gone with Plumlee, Dieng or Hardaway Jr.

Snell will likely come in and play behind both Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler. At 6’7” he has decent size and will definitely play some defense under coach Thibodeau, but offensively I am not sold on him.

The Bulls also may still be in the market to make a move, yet. Of course there have been multiple rumors involving the Portland Trail Blazers and forward LaMarcus Aldridge coming to Chicago. The tough part about that is that they want Joakim Noah and Butler in return. The Bulls have made it clear they are willing to give anybody except Noah and Rose, according to the rumors.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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