The Chicago Bulls have now had nine different players score 20 or more points in a game this season. While most have called Chicago’s 2013-14 campaign a lost cause since Derrick Rose‘s season-ending injury; a few of the Bulls younger players will tell you that this season is hardly pointless.
In fact, the Bulls’ youngest player is none other than first-year shooting guard Tony Snell, who definitely made his mark versus the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Snell poured in a career-high 20 points as Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has to be happy with the rookie’s progression. Furthermore, Snell’s improvements have made the Luol Deng trade distant memory to a few Chicago fans.
Of course, Bulls general manager Gar Forman has a ton of decisions to make this offseason, but Snell is someone that can rest easy. Surely, the rookie guard has a great chance at being in Chicago’s starting line-up come October. Offense has been a major issue for the Bulls since Rose’s arrival, so even the idea of Snell putting up nearly 20 points per game is likely to make Thibodeau and company drool.
Thankfully, the NBA season is still rather young, which means the rookie Snell could make massive strides from now until the end of the year. One thing is for certain: Snell’s Friday night explosion isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon.