Rookies typically haven’t received much playing time under head coach Tom Thibodeau. Tony Snell, however, was one exception thanks to the Luol Deng trade.
Pre All-Star Break
Snell appeared in 47 games, during which he averaged 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.8 minutes. He also shot 38.5 percent from the field and 32.4 percent on threes. But, when Snell’s pre All-Star performance is broken down further based on Deng’s departure, there’s a significant and understandable difference in his playing time.
When Deng was still a member of the Bulls, Snell averaged 14.7 minutes per game. Once Deng was sent to Cleveland, though, Snell’s minutes average increased to 21.1 minutes. This did give him more opportunities, but it didn’t quite translate into a better performance, though.
Snell ended up increasing his scoring average from 4,8 points to 5.6 points, but his shooting took a drastic hit. At first, he shot 47.9 percent from the field and 42.3 percent on threes. Then, his playing time increased as Deng left, and he shot 35.2 percent from the field and 27.1 percent on threes.
Post All-Star Break
Thibodeau played Snell less as the season came to a close, and his minutes were nearly cut in half following the All-Star break. Snell only averaged 11.6 minutes a game, but he shot more efficiently in comparison to the pre All-Star games following the Deng trade. His percentages on field goals and threes increased to 38.2 percent and 30.8 percent, respectively; however, Snell’s scoring average did fall to 3.0 points.
Snell’s minutes took another hit once the postseason rolled around, as he only averaged 9.2 minutes. What’s worse, though, is that his scoring took an even bigger hit. Over the course of the five games, Snell only put up a total of four points after going 2-for-9 from the field.
In a 117-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 21, Snell posted a career-high of 20 points shooting 7-of-14 from the field with three of the made field goals being three pointers. He also added a rebound and two steals, and his 20 points only trailed D.J. Augustin’s 22 points.
Snell had various scoreless games throughout his rookie season, but the one that took place during Chicago’s 89-77 win over the Indiana Pacers has to be one of, if not, the worst.
The rookie shooting guard played 17:55 and went 0-for-6 from the field. He did, however, contribute a rebound and a block, but he also committed two turnovers.
One season into his NBA career, Snell has got off to a decent start. He played in all but five regular season games and even started 12 of those. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 16.0 minutes of play, which is pretty good, but, after breaking those statistics down further, it’s obvious it wasn’t always great for Snell.
For the regular season as a whole, Snell shot 38.5 percent from the field and 32.4 percent on threes, but those numbers took a hit once he received more playing time on a consistent basis. The playoffs weren’t anywhere near pretty either, but, then again, the entire team didn’t do too well in the postseason.
Snell definitely showed his potential, but, just like most rookies, he still needs some work.
Final Grade: C+