NBA Draft pick #20 - Chicago Bulls

Tony Snell goes to Chicago at No. 20

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

After a 45-37 season without their star player, the Bulls have selected Tony Snell with the 20th pick in the 2013 draft.

Mar 21, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Mexico Lobos guard Tony Snell (21) drives to the basket in the first half of the game against the Harvard Crimson during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY SportsThe 2012-13 Bulls did everything well but score.  They played elite level defense, played with and for each other and fought until the bitter end.  But their inability to get the ball into the basket cost them.

That will certainly improve when Derrick Rose, but even a healthy Bulls team could use some extra fire power and the presumed departure of Nate Robinson leaves room on the bench for a scoring threat.    Snell may not provide a huge scoring boost, but he is seen as an NBA caliber player that can hit a shot and fit into a team mentality.  His length and athleticism should make him a capable wing defender.

The 2011-12 Bulls team, which had a healthy Rose and will look similar to next year's team, still only finished 18th in PPG so there will still be room for more offensive talent.

That is really the team's only hole.  I'm sure some Bulls fans would have liked the team to plummet in the standings and get a lottery talent during this lost season, but the toughness and teamwork that we saw from the Bulls in the 2013 postseason is just as valuable moving forward as a marginally more talented player might be.

The 2012-13 Bulls finished 29th in PPG and 29th in both 3PA and 3P made.  They have done a nice job drafting at the end of the first round in recent years, grabbing Jimmy Butler, Norris Cole and Taj Gibson in recent years.  Obviously Cole is not with the team, but because the Bulls already have a deep and competitive roster, these youngsters aren't forced to contribute right away and have time and space to develop.  The Bulls need a scoring punch but Snell is not primarily a scorer.  He will, however, play tough defense, work hard for his teammates and fit in the Bulls locker room.
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