The morning after the Heat eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs, a bleary-eyed Tom Thibodeau squinted into the sun outside the Berto Center and made his desires known. "We need shooting," the Bulls coach said. Anyone who watched the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals would agree. From Danny Green's record-setting 3-point performance for the Spurs to Ray Allen's clutch 3-pointer and Shane Battier's Game 7 heroics beyond the arc for the Heat, shooting is needed for every team, particularly one that employs Derrick Rose. Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, welcome to Chicago. The Bulls used the 20th pick in Thursday's NBA draft on Snell, the New Mexico wing who connected on 38 percent of his 434 3-point attempts in three seasons for Steve Alford's Lobos. In the second round with the 49th pick overall, they added Murphy, a 6-foot-10 "stretch 4" from Florida who led the SEC in 3-point shooting last season at 45.3 percent. "In today's NBA, you can never have enough shooting," Thibodeau said. "We addressed a need. Both guys shoot extremely well." Snell, who possesses a wingspan near 7 feet, a 9-inch hand length and very low 4.9 percent body fat, has the tools and athleticism to become a strong perimeter defender able to guard multiple positions. But make no mistake: His role, particularly with the expected free-agent departures of Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson, will be to score from range.
Thibodeau gets his wish: Addition of shooters
Chicago Tribune | Jun 29