NBA rookies ready to make an impact in 2013-14

7/2/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

3. Tony Snell

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 SportsSnell climbed up draft boards leading up to last week's draft and the Bulls are happy he didn't climb up any more. He's not a sexy pick but has 'solid' written all over him. And that's all he needs to be for a Bulls team that ran low on bodies during their most recent playoff run. He's currently behind Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler on the depth chart, but Deng has been in various trade rumors and Snell could find himself thrown into the rotation.

Snell has small forward skills but didn't explode onto the scene largely because he went to New Mexico. He also didn't put up monster numbers in college.  A major criticism of Snell is that he wasn't assertive on offense even though he had the size and shooting stroke to get a good shot off almost at will.

But that fits right into the Bulls system. Defense, teamwork, effort, and defense are the name of game in Chicago and Snell should fit right in. And he can shoot, something that really would have helped them down the stretch in 2013-14.  In the final two games of their conference tournament, Snell hit five threes in both games and carried the Lobos to a conference championship.

2.  Otto Porter

Mar 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter (22) looks on against the Syracuse Orange during the second half of a semifinal game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsI know I'm not going out on a limb here by saying that the third overall pick and the a consensus first-team All-American will have a good year, but he is going to the Wizards, so we shouldn't take anything for granted.

The Porter selection was a no-brainer. He has skills that will complement a roster that already looks poised to make a run at the eighth seed in the East and his floor, according to all the flooring experts out there, is pretty high. The main concern for some is that he and the Hoyas laid a stinker in the NCAA Tournament...again. But we've learned over and over through the years that draft stock shouldn't be overly affected by March performance, even if it's the last thing we get to see during a college career.

He shot 48% from the floor last season at Georgetown and bumped his 3PT% up to 42% from 22% the previous season. He also defends and rebounds at a high level, two things you need from a small forward in the NBA. In conclusion, he's long, he's strong, and he seems down to get his 8-seed on.
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