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2013 NBA Draft Breakdown and Scouting Report for 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 Sports
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Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterMay 31, 2013

 

With the 20th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Tony Snell from the University of New Mexico.

Tony Snell's gradual improvement put him on NBA radars midway through his junior year at New Mexico.

The buzz started to pick up at this year's combine, where coaches and scouts came away intrigued with what they saw. For what it's worth, Snell aces the eye test.

 

Physical Tools

Snell has ideal physical measurements for a wing, which should allow him to play either the 2 or the 3 on both sides of the ball. At 6'7'', he has a massive 6'11.5'' wingspan to go with quick feet and fluid athleticism.

Check out Snell track his defensive assignment, quickly get off the ground and use his length to contest and ultimately block a three-point attempt:

Here's a little flash of his athleticism, as he breaks his defender down, attacks the basket and finishes above the rim:

Snell needs to add a good 20 pounds to his 198-pound frame, especially if he wants to convince teams he could be their version of Kawhi Leonard.

But in terms of size, length and athleticism, all the numbers and measurements check out.

 

Spot-up Shooting

Snell shot nearly 39 percent from downtown in back-to-back years, making a combined 136 three-pointers as a sophomore and junior. He has an effortless stroke and a clean, quick release. The majority of Snell's jumpers come in catch-and-shoot opportunities, where he shows fluid rhythm and balance when rising up.

 

Scoring Touch on the Move

Snell has a soft touch that he uses to score with on the move. Given the threat he poses as a shooter, defenders are forced to play up, allowing him to beat his man off the dribble and attack the basket.

 

Passing

Snell averaged nearly three assists per game in his junior year, an impressive number for an off-guard or wing. He's a willing passer who can hit teammates as they come out of their routes in the half court. Snell's passing ability will allow him to complement featured scorers in the NBA. 

 

Weaknesses

Snell isn't much of an isolation scorer, lacking the ability to create his own shot off two feet. He's an excellent spot-up shooter and can make runners in the lane, but he'll need to add a step-back or pull-up jumper to increase the threat he poses with the ball in his hands.

Strength will be an issue early on. Snell will need to set up a tent in his practice facility's weight room.

He's also a very poor rebounder for his size. Snell only averaged 2.6 boards as a junior and 2.7 as a sophomore. Part of that has to do with his inability to initiate contact inside, which might make coaches hesitant to play him at the 3.

 

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