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Tony Snell

Tony Snell

NEW MEXICO
Year: Junior
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 200 lbs.
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 9 or 26 picks, or if they choose to move up during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Part XIII takes a look at New Mexico’s Tony Snell, who visited the Wolves last week and could bring an outside shooting presence to an NBA squad.



Mark Remme
Wolves Editor/Writer

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Mock Draft Projections: 1st round, picks 22 through 30, or 2nd round

2012-13 Season: 12.5 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .422 FG%, .390 3FG%, .843 FT%
2011-12 Season: 10.5 PPG, 2.3 APG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .448 FG%, .387 3FG%, .735 FT%
2010-11 Season: 4.4 PPG, 0.9 APG, 1.9 RPG, 0.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .364 FG%, .345 3FG%, .735 FT%

New Mexico’s Tony Snell spent most of his time as a small forward in college, and he certainly could play that position from time to time at the NBA level. But Snell fancies himself more of a shooting guard in this league, particularly because his lateral quickness and above-average wingspan make him confident in his ability to guard the 2.

That makes him a marketable player in the NBA, particularly as the first round winds down. Most mock drafts have Snell checking in between 22 and 30, with others having him selected in the second round, but the thought is Snell is a first round talent that could become a serviceable wing player for a team down the road.

“I only need that opportunity,” Snell said last week during his workout with Minnesota. “I come here and play hard every day.”

Snell continued to improve his game during three years at New Mexico, wrapping up his junior season with 12.5 points per game, shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 84 percent from the line. His biggest attributes on the offensive end come from his scoring, and in an offense equipped with Ricky Rubio he should be able to get ample opportunities at open catch-and-shoot looks.

In this draft full of shooting guards with relatively similar skill sets and abilities, Snell has spent much of the past month working out for teams in hopes of setting himself apart. He said he had about 18 or 19 workouts in total, and he’s using each day to try and prove himself to the decision makers at the next level. There is a group of 2s that project in the final third of the first round, and Snell seems to interchange on mock draft boards in similar fashion with the rest.

“I just want to keep working hard and see what happens,” he said.

STRENGTHS

First and foremost, Snell has the size you really like out of a 2-guard in the NBA. Not only is his 6-foot-7, but he also has a reported 7-foot wingspan. That gives him incredible length on the perimeter and will help him not only get his shot off on the offensive end but also adding reach defensively. It’s why he’s known as a pretty solid defender coming into the league. On the offensive end, he’s a natural shooter. He can connect from outside, and he’s not afraid to try. He finished his career at New Mexico with a school record 434 3-point attempts. He’s touted as pretty effective in catch-and-shoot situations, and with his length his jumper is very difficult to contest. He has shown a strong ability to handle the ball, which is a rarity for a player with his wingspan. He’s able to navigate the pick-and-roll, and he’s incredibly effective at the free-throw line—hitting 84 percent of his shots from the stripe last year. He shows great potential to go along with his current skill set.

WEAKNESSES

Snell continues to work on being more efficient on the offensive end. He’s got a natural shot, but he needs to continue working on his moves off the dribble and get more comfortable with some of the changes associated with moving to the NBA—like the 3-point line. He’s also 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, so his task heading into next season is getting stronger and adding a little more mass to his frame. When he’s got the ball in his hands, he sometimes relies on his shot instead of penetrating to the lane. As he gains more strength and mass, he will be able to handle contact better in the paint. Depending on where he is drafted and what role the team wants him to play, he could be tasked with transitioning from the small forward position on college to a shooting guard role, which could take a little time to adjust defensively considering it’s a faster position at a higher level of competition.

THEY SAID IT

“I just hope I can bring my energy. I can shoot the ball really well. I can be a good passer, a playmaker. I can play defense pretty good. I can shoot, come off the curl and shoot. I can do all those things.” — New Mexico G/F Tony Snell

WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES

Snell’s shooting is probably one of his best assets, and being able to provide that for the Wolves would be a nice addition. At 6-foot-7, he’d provide the size they seek at the 2. He’s also billed as a pretty decent perimeter defender, and that’s something the Wolves desperately want to take away from this draft. He also has solid length for a 2-guard and can finish at the rim. Being able to provide a little offense from the outside would be a key boost for Minnesota, and that’s something Snell said he thinks he can provide.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Time Draft Picks

Year
Player
Pos.
School
Rd / Pick
Ht / Wt
Class
2012
Robbie Hummel
F
Purdue
2 / 58
6'8" / 215
Sr
2011
Derrick Williams
F
Arizona
1 / 2
6'8" / 248
So

Donatas Motiejunas
F/C
Italy
1 / 20
7'0" / 222
Int'l
2010
Wesley Johnson
G/F
Syracuse
1 / 4
6'7" / 215
Jr
Luke Babbitt
F
Nevada
1 / 16
6'9" / 225
So
Trevor Booker
F
Clemson
1 / 23
6'8" / 240
Sr
Paulo Prestes
C
Brazil
2 / 45
6'11" / 260
Int'l
Hamady Ndiaye
C
Rutgers
2 / 56
7'0" / 235
Sr
2009
Ricky Rubio
G
Spain
1 / 5
6'4" / 180
Int'l

Jonny Flynn
G
Syracuse
1 / 6
6'0" / 185
So

Ty Lawson
G
North Carolina
1 / 18
5'11" / 195
Jr

Wayne Ellington
G
North Carolina
1 / 28
6'4" / 200
Jr

Nick Calathes
G
Florida
2 / 45
6'6" / 194
So

Henk Norel
F
Netherlands
2 / 47
6'10" / 230
Int'l
2008
OJ Mayo
G
USC
1 / 3
6'4" / 200
Fr
Nikola Pekovic
C
Montenegro
2 / 31
6'11" / 265
Int
Mario Chalmers
G
Kansas
2 / 34
6'1" / 190
Jr
2007
Corey Brewer
F
Florida
1 / 7
6'9" / 185
Jr

Chris Richard
F
Florida
2 / 41
6'9" / 255
Sr
2006
Brandon Roy
G
Washington
1 / 6
6'6" / 215
Sr

Craig Smith
F
Boston College
2 / 36
6'7" / 250
Sr

Bobby Jones
F
Washington
2 / 37
6'7" / 215
Sr

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
F
Greece
2 / 57
6'11" / 260
Int'l
2005
Rashad McCants
G
North Carolina
1 / 14
6'4" / 207
Jr

Bracey Wright
G
Indiana
2 / 47
6'3" / 210
Jr
2004
Blake Stepp
G
Gonzaga
2 / 58
6'4" / 194
Sr
2003
Ndudi Ebi
F
Westbury Christian H.S.
1 / 26
6'9" / 195
HS

Rick Rickert
F
Minnesota
2 / 55
6'11" / 215
So
2002
Marcus Taylor
G
Michigan State
2 / 52
6'3" / 195
So
2001
Loren Woods
C
Arizona
2 / 46
7'1" / 245
Sr
2000
Igor Rakocevic
G
Yugoslavia
2 / 51
6'2" / 184
Int
1999
Wally Szczerbiak
F
Miami (Ohio)
1 / 6
6'7" / 244
Sr

William Avery
G
Duke
1 / 14
6'2" / 180
So

Louis Bullock
G
Michigan
2 / 42
6'2" / 180
Sr
1998
Rasho Nesterovic
C
Slovenia
1 / 17
7'0" / 248
Int

Andrae Patterson
F
Indiana
2 / 46
6'9" / 240
Sr
1997
Paul Grant
C
Wisconsin
1 / 20
7'0" / 245
Sr

Gordon Malone
F
West Virginia
2 / 44
6'11" / 215
Jr
1996
Ray Allen
G
Connecticut
1 / 5
6'5" / 205
Jr
1995
Kevin Garnett
F
Farragut Academy H.S.
1 / 5
6'11" / 220
HS

Mark Davis
F
Texas Tech
2 / 48
6'7" / 210
Sr

Jerome Allen
G
Pennsylvania
2 / 49
6'4" / 184
Sr
1994
Donyell Marshall
F
Connecticut
1 / 4
6'9" / 220
Jr

Howard Eisley
G
Boston College
2 / 30
6'3" / 180
Sr
1993
Isaiah Rider
G
UNLV
1 / 5
6'5" / 215
Sr

Sherron Mills
F
Virginia Commonwealth
2 / 29
6'9"
Sr
1992
Christian Laettner
F
Duke
1 / 3
6'11" / 235
Sr

Marlon Maxey
F
UTEP
2 / 28
6'8" / 250
Sr

Chris Smith
G
Connecticut
2 / 34
6'3" / 191
Sr

Tim Burroughs
F
Jacksonville
2 / 51
6'8"
Sr
1991
Luc Longley
C
New Mexico
1 / 7
7'2" / 265
Sr/Int

Myron Brown
G
Slippery Rock
2 / 34
6'3" / 180
Sr
1990
Felton Spencer
C
Louisville
1 / 6
7'0" / 265
Sr

Gerald Glass
G
Mississippi
1 / 20
6'6" / 221
Sr
1989
Pooh Richardson
G
UCLA
1 / 10
6'1" / 186
Sr

Gary Leonard
C
Missouri
2 / 34
7'1" / 246
Sr

Doug West
G
Villanova
2 / 38
6'6" / 200
Sr

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