In one of the most shocking and unpredictable NBA Draft’s ever, by the time it was the Chicago Bulls' turn to pick at No. 20, they made a very interesting pick themselves, selecting 6-7 swingman Tony Snell from New Mexico.
As a junior, he averaged 12.5 points per game for the Lobos and the Bulls were the first team that he had worked out for.
“That was my very first workout. I felt really good, had a little taste of what it’s going to be like and I really felt great about the workout,” Snell told CSN Chicago by phone. Snell fits right into the Tom Thibodeau defensive mold of long, rangy and athletic players who can defend multiple positions on the perimeter.
Snell was a high school teammate of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and feels he can be the same type of player on defense while also being able to shoot the ball and put it on the floor.
“I feel like I’m really good enough to defend anybody, so yeah, I feel really good about that,” remarked Snell on his defense before moving on to his skills on the offensive side of the ball.
“I can see myself being a good catch-and-shooter or coming off the curls and shooting. I really shoot the ball pretty well. I really feel good about shooting the ball. I can bring the ball up a little bit and create, make plays.”
For now, Snell is just happy to be a part of an organization with a history and culture of not only winning, but also producing great individual talent as well.
“It was crazy, knowing that I’m going to the Bulls. I watched Jordan my whole life. I never knew I was going to be here, to get picked by the Bulls,” he said. “I watch Derrick Rose, he’s a really great player and I can’t wait to work with him and help the team get wins.”
In the second round, Chicago took Erik Murphy from the University of Florida at No. 49. Murphy was first-team all-SEC during his senior year and led the conference in three-point shooting at 45.3 percent while averaging 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
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