Bulls Select Tony Snell of New Mexico with 20th Pick

By K.C. Johnson, Tribune reporter9:04 p.m. CDT, June 27, 2013

The morning after the Heat eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs, a bleary-eyed Tom Thibodeau squinted into the sun that shined outside the Berto Center and made his desires known.

“We need shooting,” he said.

Anyone who watched the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals would agree. From Danny Green’s record-setting 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 who employs Derrick Rose.

Tony Snell, welcome to Chicago.

The Bulls used the 20th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft on the New Mexico wing, who connected on 38 percent of his 434 3-point attempts in three seasons for Steve Alford’s Lobos.

The 6-7 shooting guard averaged 12.5 points as a junior, with six 20-plus point games. He poured in a combined 38 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Mountain West Conference final and semifinal.

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