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Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: Tony Snell

Info

  • Measurables: 6-foot-7, 198 pounds, junior forward from New Mexico
  • Key Stats: 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game; 42 percent shooting, 39 percent three-point shooting.
  • Projected: Late first/early second round
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Random Fact

The Pistons have done OK with a couple of guys with the ‘wildly inconsistent’ and ‘occasionally passive’ labels coming out of college in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Because of the success of those two, I have less reservation than I normally would about taking a talented but sometimes disappearing player like Tony Snell.

Fits with the Pistons because …

Snell is a traditional small forward who has been a workout star since declaring for the draft. He’s fast, athletic and is a long-armed defender who can also hit the three-pointer — perhaps a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard. The Pistons still don’t have a long-term answer at the three spot and if Snell’s around when they pick early in the second round, it’s conceivable he could eventually develop into a starting-caliber small forward.

Doesn’t fit with the Pistons because …

Other than his inconsistent production, which I mentioned above, Snell is not a great rebounder despite his length and athleticism. There are plenty of small forwards in the NBA who don’t rebound that well — the Pistons just had one for a long time in Tayshaun Prince — and if Snell proves to be a capable defender, his lack of rebounding won’t matter as much. But with shot-happy guards on the roster, it wouldn’t hurt to have someone on the court along with Monroe and Drummond who can crash the offensive glass.

From the Experts:

Chad Ford:

The appeal? He’s a super athletic wing with NBA length and defensive abilities. He was very inconsistent at New Mexico, but I’m told numerous NBA teams love the talent.

DraftExpress:

Snell’s game on the offensive end is built around his outstanding perimeter shooting, and he does a very good job moving without the ball to get open for his shot, as he was constantly being run off of screens in the Lobos’ offense. He connected on 39% of his 3-pointers as a junior and has range that should stretch out past the NBA 3-point line. He does a nice job of rising and squaring himself up for jumpers off of screens or spotting up, and he’s also able to pull up smoothly after a dribble or two.

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1 Comment

  • Jun 27, 20131:55 pm
    by frankie d

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    snell will probably be more of a SG than SF in the nba.  he had very good assist numbers and he has a good handle.  in college, his team basically ran a 3 guard offense, so even though he was supposedly a SF, he played more like a SG.  of course, the difference between a SG and a SF in the nba is very small – usually only really important on defense – so it doesn’t make that much difference.
    too bad he’s broken out, publicity-wise, cause now there is no way detroit gets a shot at him in the second round.  
    if he does last til their pick, i’d be happy if detroit grabbed him.  
    imho, he’ll be as solid a player as many of the SGs who will be picked before him.  he seems to be the classic college player – like zeller – who sacrifiiced his game for the sake of his college coach’s scheme. 

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