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It's show and Snell time for Bulls as the 20th overall pick in NBA draft

2013-06-27T21:15:00Z 2013-07-08T15:38:18Z It's show and Snell time for Bulls as the 20th overall pick in NBA draftAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
June 27, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

DEERFIELD | Many teams in Thursday night's NBA draft had a list of serious needs long as a camel's neck.

For the Bulls, it was more like a three-week beard: Backup big man, steady 3-point threat and someone who can create his own shot as easy as breathing.

So they grabbed 6-foot-7, 200-pound Tony Snell of New Mexico with their 20th overall pick.

"Tony Snell is a shooter with a 6-11 wingspan," said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. "He shot 47 percent on pullup jumpers, which is the best in the country."

Snell was a teammate of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard at Riverside (Calif.) King High School.

"I'm really good enough to defend anybody," Snell said of the demands he can expect from coach Tom Thibodeau. "It's crazy knowing I was coming to the Bulls. I watched Michael Jordan my whole life and now I get to work with Derrick Rose.

"I shoot the ball really well and I look forward to shooting the ball. (The Bulls) see me as a catch-and-shoot guy who can create and make plays."

The Bulls also had the 49th overall pick, which they had not made as of press time.

Used to be, you needed hotel reservations and an overnight bag to cover the NBA draft.

The draft in 1973 lasted 20 rounds and was gradually reduced to 10 rounds in '74, seven rounds in '85, three rounds in '88 and to the current two rounds in '89.

Long before Thursday night's Round 2, Bulls fans had reason to be optimistic considering the successful careers of past second-rounders such as Carl Landry (Golden State), Omer Asik (Houston), Lance Stephenson (Indiana), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Mario Chalmers (Miami), Danny Green (San Antonio), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio) and Isaiah Thomas (Detroit).

The Bulls were 45-37 in the regular season and lost to eventual NBA champion Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals – while Derrick Rose sat out the entire campaign recovering from torn anterior cruciate ligament surgery in his left knee.

Chicago was not among the buyers and sellers in this draft.

Team officials are confident of making a deeper postseason run in 2013-14 with basically the same roster, if healthy.

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