The Portland Trail Blazers have not made any big acquisitions, and the three that they have made have flown under the radar. One of those acquisitions is the addition of Tony Snell.
Tony Snell is a 6-6 shooting guard and small forward that the blazers have signed to a vet-minimum.
Let’s take a look at why Tony Snell is a good addition:
He is a former first-round pick out of the 2013 draft. In his time with the Bulls (3 years), he shot 32%, 37%, and 36% from deep. He then moved on to play for the Milwaukee Bucks where he became a good on-ball defender and really learned the mold of a 3-and-D player (where he has been identified as one of the best). While with the Bucks (3 years), Snell shot 40% in all three seasons. After Milwaukee, he played one season for Detroit, then this last season he played for the Atlanta Hawks where he shot 57% from three while playing 21 minutes a game.
He has also not missed a free throw in two years, a small sample size though as he does not get fouled very often.
Snell is an excellent fit in a switch-based approach, especially when switching is contained within the 1-4 spots (both guards and both forwards). He is an exceptional option defending on the wing while the center helps on ball screens away from the paint. Regarding the latter, teams need rangy, active wings that can help into the paint until the center can retreat back toward the rim. Snell is also a reliable team defender and decision-maker. He consistently puts forward the effort to take care of his assignment and responsibility.
The defense has always been a struggle for the Blazers, especially within the last decade. Though the Blazers seem to be turning the corner on that, at least on paper with the coaches. But, also with the additions that Neil Olshey is making.
- Chauncey Billups
- Scott Brooks
- Roy Rogers
- Steve Hetzel
- Edniesha Curry
- Milt Palacio
The Blazers did lose the future Hall-of-Famer in Carmelo Anthony. Though Snell will be able to replace his scoring and play defense. The Blazers came into the off-season looking for guys that relieve the double teams off of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and they have definitely done so with the additions of Tony Snell and Ben McLemore. There will probably be some more additions before the season begins, but as of right now you can say that Tony Snell is a good addition.
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