Tony Snell, the Bulls’ first-round pick fits the team’s mold from both a character and skill standpoint, as the ex-New Mexico standout is much more of a listener than a talker, possesses a defense-first mindset and earned a reputation for outside shooting in college, something desired by his current employer.
Snell, who also showed some playmaking ability during his first stint in a Bulls uniform in Las Vegas for the NBA’s summer league, has spent the offseason adding muscle to his slender frame, a must for being able to effectively compete on this level.
Thibodeau is known for not playing rookies much, basically making their debut campaigns somewhat of a redshirt season, but Snell is the Bulls’ fourth available wing option, behind Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and fellow reserve Mike Dunleavy. Deng literally plays the most minutes of any player in the league, Butler showed the ability to duplicate that feat in the playoffs and Dunleavy is a veteran known commodity whom Thibodeau is familiar with — not to mention Kirk Hinrich can slide over to shooting guard — so minutes could be scarce for Snell this season, but he should look to make the most of any opportunity he gets.
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