Bulls draft Tony Snell #20, Erik Murphy #49 in 2013 NBA draft

Bulls draft Tony Snell #20, Erik Murphy #49 in 2013 NBA draft
Phil Velasquez Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Bulls have finished up their night in the NBA draft, adding Tony Snell from New Mexico and Erik Murphy from Florida with the 20th and 49th picks in the 2013 NBA draft.

Don't expect any analysis from me on these two players- I've never seen Snell play, and even though I'm a die-hard Kentucky Wildcat fan, I can't really say I know anything about Murphy, even though his Gators play my 'Cats twice a season.

So rather than make up some BS, I'll just give you info from the best draft site on the internet, Draft Express:

New Mexico's Tony Snell had a solid junior season as a major contributor for the Lobos, who won the Mountain West regular season and conference tournament. Snell's season ended in disappointment, however, as the Lobos were upset by Harvard in the first round of the NCAA tournament, marking an end to his college career, as he decided forgo his senior season and make himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Snell played the small forward spot for Head Coach Steve Alford and the Lobos, and he brings a nice package of physical tools to the table as an NBA wing prospect, measuring in at over 6'7” in shoes with a near-7'0” wingspan at the NBA combine. He's improved his body some since arriving at New Mexico, but he'll need to continue to add strength to his thin frame to compete physically at the NBA level. He also stacks up well athletically, possessing good speed, quickness, and leaping ability.

Snell's game on the offensive end is built around his outstanding perimeter shooting, and he does a very good job moving without the ball to get open for his shot, as he was constantly being run off of screens in the Lobos' offense. He connected on 39% of his 3-pointers as a junior and has range that should stretch out past the NBA 3-point line. He does a nice job of rising and squaring himself up for jumpers off of screens or spotting up, and he's also able to pull up smoothly after a dribble or two. -Walker Beeken

After making significant strides in his junior season, Erik Murphy once again took another step as a senior, making strong improvements in his per 40 minutes pace-adjusted scoring (16.3 to 19.4) and rebounding (7.0 to 8.8), while also seeing both his two-point (48.5% to 51.6%) and three-point (41.2 to 45.3%) percentages tick upwards.

From a physical standpoint, Murphy has undergone one of the more noteworthy transformations you'll see from college players, adding a significant amount of upper and lower body mass to his frame, and looking like a radically different player from the one who set foot on campus in Gainesville four years ago.

Murphy's added size and strength has helped him do a better job establishing post position and battling with the opposition inside on both ends of the floor, though it hasn't been without negative side effects. While Murphy remains a relatively agile player for a big man, he definitely seems to have lost some of his fluidity over the years, not being able to change directions as well, looking a little more awkward in his movements, and often finding himself falling to the floor following lay-up attempts on offense or closeouts on defense. Given how sizeable a transformation he's made in such a short time period, he probably hasn't yet found the ideal combination of size and speed for his body, but he's clearly shown the work ethic and drive to maximize his physical abilities, and likely will continue to do so going forward.

On the offensive end, Murphy's undergone a similar transformation over the years with his role in Florida's offense, evolving from a garbage-man type inside player in his first two seasons to much more of an outside shooting specialist the past two years. Exactly half of his 8.8 field-goal attempts per game come from behind the three-point arc, and he shot a very impressive 45.3% on threes as a senior, a number that's increased each of the past three seasons. He does a good job playing within his team's offense to get open for spot-up shots and pick-and-pop attempts, and his combination of size, length, and shooting form give him a release point that makes it easy to get off shots. -Joe Treutlein

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