Chicago Bulls rookie Tony Snell: Welcome to the NBA

Chicago Bulls rookie Tony Snell: Welcome to the NBA
Phil Velasquez Chicago Tribune

National Basketball Association, meet Tony Snell. Tony, meet the NBA.

The Bulls blew out the Pistons, 99-79 on Thanksgiving Eve. But outside of Rodney Stuckey leaving the game needing surgery to remove his foot from his mouth (more on that later), the story of the night was rookie SG Tony Snell.

Making his 2nd NBA start (in his 10th game) after having played 68 minutes so far this season, Snell did his best rookie-Scottie Pippen imitation in Detroit. In a career-high 36:58 on the court, Snell scored 13 points on 5/9 shooting, including 3/5 on 3's.

He added three assists, two steals and two rebounds, and flashed some of the outstanding ball-handling that Forman and Paxson were so thrilled about when they landed Snell with the 20th pick of the 2013 NBA draft.

Stuckey told the Detroit halftime reporter that the Pistons just needed to get some stops and more stops to win, because "we know we can score". I guess technically, 26 points in 24 minutes is scoring, but in an NBA game it's called putrid offense. The Bulls clamped down hard on the Pistons in the 2nd half, pulling away for an easy win.

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