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Bulls player reviews: Tony Snell

5/16/2014
The Bulls like Tony Snell's work ethic and hope that will play a part in him taking a big step going into his second season. Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY Sports

Tony Snell

2013-14 salary: $1,409,040 | Age: 22 | Season stats: 4.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Season recap: Snell showed flashes of being a solid player throughout the season, but he was too inconsistent and unsure to make a major impact as a rookie. Coaches and teammates routinely praised his work ethic and seem confident that he will turn into a better player next year.

Season highlight: Snell scored a season-high 20 points on Feb. 21 against the Denver Nuggets. He played 37 minutes and hit three three-pointers.

Season lowlight: During a Feb. 23 showdown with the Miami Heat, Snell was just 2-for-10 from the field and looked lost sometimes on the floor in 38 minutes of play.

Final grade: C-

Notes: Snell's progression this summer is important to the Bulls especially given that they could have had Gorgui Dieng, Mason Plumlee and Tim Hardaway Jr. in last summer's draft. All three had better rookie years than Snell.

Quotable: "The best thing about him is how serious he is," Thibodeau said in November of Snell. "Even when he wasn't playing, his getting ready to play when he wasn't playing told me how serious he was. The questions he asked, on game days at home he just stayed in the arena. He's there all the time. Those type of guys -- when they get opportunities they're ready and they usually take advantage. He's done a great job, he's got to continue to work, which I know he will because of the type of person he is."

What's next?: Snell has a chance to crack the rotation next season. He proved to the coaching staff early on that he was a hard worker and will likely play for the Bulls' summer league team in July in Las Vegas. The Bulls need him to take the next step like Jimmy Butler did a season ago.