Bulls hope picks fit Thibs' system

June, 30, 2013
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The more GM Gar Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau talk about Tony Snell, the easier it is to understand why the Chicago Bulls selected him with the 20th pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

He has the length they are looking for, he can play both spots at the wing and he has the ability to knock down long-range shots, but, most importantly, he's a hard worker. On paper, he fits the mold of the type of player that Thibodeau thinks he can plug into his system. On paper, he appears to be the same kind of player Jimmy Butler was coming out of Marquette two years ago -- except with a more-developed jump shot at this stage of his career.

"The thing we really liked about Tony is, first of all, he's got the tools you look for in a 2-guard," Forman said on ESPN 1000's draft show. "In that he's 6-7, he's got a seven-foot wing span. He's got terrific foot speed. He's a good, long, live athlete but along with that, he can shoot the basketball, and he's got a nice, fluid stroke. He shot 39 percent, almost 40 percent from 3. And he's got a skill level handling the ball and pass the ball. He can be a secondary handler; I think he'll be able to play off as he progresses, so all those things kind of stood out to us."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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