Rookie forward Doug McDermott and second-year guard Tony Snell were each named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team, the league announced today. Glen Rice, Jr. of the Wizards was named the Most Valuable Player of the league.
Snell finished fifth in the Summer League in scoring, putting up 20.0 points per game. The most impressive part of Snell's game was his improved three-point shooting, as he made 17/34 (50.0%) shots from behind the arc this week. He also showed an effective floater on a few occasions, and his defense was outstanding.
Snell put on 10 pounds over the summer, and the extra strength seemed to help his shooting. He caught and shot with a much quicker release than he showed last season, and he continued to be effective with his pull-up jumper off the dribble.
Don't get too carried away as it was just Summer League, but there is certainly reason to think that Snell will be given every chance to earn a starting spot during training camp and preseason.
McDermott Might Keep Snell Out Of Starting Lineup
Ironically, if Snell doesn't hear his name announced with the starters on opening night, it might just be because of McDermott. The 11th pick in this summer's draft - who wound up costing the Bulls two first-round picks and three second-round picks when all the math was computed - showed up in Vegas with the one skill that every NBA team is trying to add these days.
And McDermott knows that's the number one quality he can offer the Bulls right now:
"That's my biggest strength right now," McDermott said. "I'm trying to add things to my game every day. I think I'm a lot more than a shooter. I feel I'm a complete player. And having a coach like Tom Thibodeau will only help me."
McDermott made 44.4% (12/27) of his three-point shots in four games, making more than a few from several feet outside the arc. He showed a lightning-quick release from everywhere on the floor, and showed his humility by pointing out his weaknesses to the Chicago Tribune:
"It's much more physical in the NBA," McDermott said. "In college, I'm used to getting deeper position. I got pushed off the block. I definitely have to get stronger and be a little more patient and creative with how I get position. Coming off screens initially is what's going to help me the most."
The complete All-NBA Summer League teams:
Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team
Doug McDermott -- Chicago Bulls
Donatas Motiejunas -- Houston Rockets
Otto Porter -- Washington Wizards
Glen Rice, Jr. -- Washington Wizards
Tony Snell -- Chicago Bulls
Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team
Rudy Gobert -- Utah Jazz
Tim Hardaway, Jr. -- New York Knicks
Jordan McRae -- Philadelphia 76ers
Russ Smith -- New Orleans Pelicans
T.J. Warren -- Phoenix Suns