Tony Snell
Tony Snell
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Detroit Pistons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Snell joins Detroit after being traded from Milwaukee in the offseason. He averaged 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.6 minutes per contest in 2018-19, marking his fewest minutes since his rookie season. His role was reduced on a loaded Milwaukee team, but Snell will compete for a starting job in Detroit this season, playing with a less talented group. His three-point shooting (37.9 percent career) should be valuable to a Pistons team that lacked in that department a season ago. Snell doesn't offer much on the defensive end of the court, and he'll likely be a low-usage option on offense even if he sees his way to starter's minutes. Snell is highly unlikely to be fantasy relevant this season, even in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $46 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2017. Traded to the Pistons in June of 2019.
Personal Bio

Tony Rena Snell Jr. was born in 1991 in the Watts area within Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Sherika and Tony Snell. Snell started his high school ball at Martin Luther King HS in Riverside, California. While at MLK, Snell was teammates with future NBA star Kawhi Leonard. Before his senior year, he transferred to Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, AZ. During Snell's college days at New Mexico, Snell majored in University Studies. Follow Snell on Twitter (@TonySnell20) and Instagram (@t.snell_).

College/International Summary

Snell spent three seasons with New Mexico playing for coach Steve Alford, so it goes to figure that he became a leading 3-point marksman. The 6-7 guard mainly came off the bench as a freshman in support of Kendall Williams and Phillip McDonald. Snell blossomed in his sophomore season in which he averaged 10.5 points and hit 38.7 percent of his long range shots. He scored a season-high 24 points, including in a win over New Mexico State. The Lobos won the Mountain West regular season and tournament championships. Snell struggled in the NCAA Tournament and scored just three points in two games on 1-of-9 from the field. The wing helped the team repeat as regular season and tournament champions with 12.5 points and 39.0 percent on 3-pointers. Snell averaged 17.7 points and hit 12 3-pointers in the MWC Tournament. After the Lobos lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Snell declared for the 2013 draft.

Struggles from distance
FDetroit Pistons
March 9, 2020
Snell compiled four points (1-9 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a block across 29 minutes Sunday in the Pistons' 96-84 loss to the Knicks.
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Snell is rarely a useful fantasy option even on days when he shoots well, but he's actively harmful when he can't find his touch from the outside. Even as a streaming option for 3-pointers -- he's averaging a career-high 1.8 per game -- Snell still leaves much to be desired.
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2017

Snell appeared in 75 games for the Bucks in 2017-2018, his second season with the squad and fifth in the NBA. He started 59 games, averaging 6.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Snell scored in double figures on 22 occasions. The Los Angeles native scored a season-high 18 points against his former team, the Bulls, on March 23. A dangerous outside shooter, Snell hit 40.3 percent from downtown. This marked his second straight year shooting over 40 percent from three-point range, and he was one of only 31 players to hit that mark for the campaign. As part of that feat, Snell connected on at least three treys in nine contests. His season best from beyond the arc came at Charlotte on Nov. 1, when he drained 5-of-6. He also appeared in all seven games for the Bucks against the Celtics in Round 1 of the playoffs.

2018

In the 2018-19 season, Tony Snell transitioned to a bench role after starting all but 16 of the games in which he played during his first two campaigns with Milwaukee. Despite the reduction in playing time, the wingman's numbers held steady as his per-game contributions -- 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 threes -- were in line with his production in 2017-18. A peek at his advanced stats suggests that coming off the bench suited Snell just fine, as his 12.3 points per 36 minutes and 10.7 Player Efficiency Rating were the highest marks of his career. Snell's best offensive stretch came during a three-game span in mid-December when he averaged 13.3 points on 15-of-20 shooting -- including 8-of-12 from deep -- in a trio of Bucks wins. Snell has been reliably accurate from three-point range with a conversion rate of 40.3 percent over the last three seasons. In fact, the long-range game is Snell's bread and butter. Over the course of his career, 57 percent of his shots have come from behind the arc. The sharpshooter suffered a sprained left ankle in late March that sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs. When he returned midway through Milwaukee's first-round series against Detroit, he saw limited playing time.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 10, 2013
    Signed a rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls.
  • October 17, 2016
    Traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Milwaukee Bucks for Michael Carter-Williams.
  • July 31, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • June 20, 2019
    Traded by the Milwaukee Bucks with Kevin Porter Jr. to the Detroit Pistons for Jon Leuer.
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Snell saw his workload dip from 29.2 minutes to 27.4 minutes per game last season, which entailed a downturn in scoring, from 8.5 points to 6.9 points per game. That wasn't a result of poor three-point shooting, however, as he drilled 40.3 percent of his looks from distance. Considering the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, as well as second-year wing Sterling Brown, it will remain difficult for Snell to see increased run. Fom a Fantasy perspective, Snell is essentially a points/threes specialist, and he doesn't provide either at great volume. As such, once again, Snell can mostly be avoided come draft day.
Snell became a legitimate starter for the first time in his four-year career last season, joining the Bucks’ starting five for all 80 games he participated in. While he didn’t post eye-popping numbers, he excelled in his role as a three-and-D wing and earned a four-year, $46 million contract with the Bucks over the summer. Not much of an inside scorer, Snell took 65.6 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, hitting them at a 40.6 percent. Though his role on the Bucks is significant, it doesn’t translate particularly well to counting stats, as Snell averaged just 8.5 points, 3.1 boards and 1.2 assists across his 29.2 minutes per game. Milwaukee has made few changes to their wing depth heading into the 2017-18 campaign, nearly ensuring Snell will see a similar workload. Considering he’s just 25-years-old, Snell should make some improvements to his game, though it would be surprising if he took a major leap. For that reason, Snell isn’t a particularly enticing Fantasy option and can likely be ignored in many formats, despite being a probable starter.
Snell took a step back in his third NBA season, averaging just 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game and falling out of the rotation by season's end. The former first-round pick began the year as a starter, but his offensive struggles forced coach Fred Hoiberg to make a change, and Snell moved in and out of the starting lineup from December through February. Eventually, he was removed from the rotation altogether, racking up 16 DNP-CDs over the Bulls' final 22 games. While he's a versatile perimeter defender, Snell shot just 37.2 percent from the floor on the season. He knocked down a respectable 36.1 percent of his three-point attempts, but struggled in catch-and-shoot situations, hitting only 30.6 percent of his corner three-point looks, down more than 10 points from a season ago. Entering 2016-17, Snell could again have a difficult time carving out a regular role off the bench. Dwyane Wade will command a significant workload at shooting guard, while the addition of rookie Denzel Valentine presents another obstacle. Snell has also seemingly been passed up by Doug McDermott, so he's best left untouched in most fantasy formats.
Snell saw a slight increase in playing time in his second year in the league as he started 22 of the 72 games he played. He averaged 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointer in 20 minutes per game. Snell improved his percentages across the board from his rookie season as he shot 43 percent from the field, 80 percent from the charity stripe, and 37 percent from behind the arc. He's a very good defender, and his ability to shoot from behind the arc makes him a valuable player to have out on the floor. The problem for Snell is that the Bulls already have Jimmy Butler, who has a similar skill set to Snell but excels in those areas much more than Snell does. There were calls last season for Snell to see increased playing time over veteran Kirk Hinrich, but former coach Tom Thibodeau stuck with his veteran on most nights. Butler will still eat up a lot of minutes, but Snell could see increased opportunities under new coach Fred Hoiberg.
Snell is entering his second season in the NBA after a quiet rookie year. The swingman averaged 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 16 minutes per game while making 77 appearances last season. He struggled offensively, shooting just 38 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the arc, both significant drop-offs from his final season at New Mexico. Snell looked much more confident in his second go-round at the Las Vegas Summer League, notching First-Team All-Summer League honors while averaging 20 points per game. The rangy Snell should see a spike in playing time with a year's worth of experience under his belt, just as Jimmy Butler did after one season under coach Tom Thibodeau. Unfortunately for Snell, one of the Bulls' bigger issues this season will be finding enough minutes to go around for their reserve players. With Mike Dunleavy and Butler returning, Snell will be hard-pressed to see a major jump in playing time, which will keep him from attaining any real fantasy value outside of deeper leagues.
Snell is entering his second season in the NBA after a quiet rookie year. The swingman averaged 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 16 minutes per game while making 77 appearances last season. He struggled offensively, shooting just 38 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the arc, both significant drop-offs from his final season at New Mexico. Snell looked much more confident in his second go-round at the Las Vegas Summer League, notching First-Team All-Summer League honors while averaging 20 points per game. The rangy Snell should see a spike in playing time with a year's worth of experience under his belt, just as Jimmy Butler did after one season under coach Tom Thibodeau. Unfortunately for Snell, one of the Bulls' bigger issues this season will be finding enough minutes to go around for their reserve players. With Mike Dunleavy and Butler returning, Snell will be hard-pressed to see a major jump in playing time, which will keep him from attaining any real fantasy value outside of deeper leagues.
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Turns in six dimes
FDetroit Pistons
March 5, 2020
Snell posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes Wednesday in the Pistons' 114-107 loss to the Thunder.
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Decent line in 33 minutes
FDetroit Pistons
February 12, 2020
Snell supplied 16 points (6-8 FG, 4-5 3Pt), five assists, three rebounds and one block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 116-112 overtime loss to the Magic.
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Logs 25 minutes versus Nets
FDetroit Pistons
January 29, 2020
Snell (illness) scored six points (2-8 FG, 2-7 3Pt) to go along with three rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 125-115 loss to the Nets.
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Off injury report
FDetroit Pistons
January 28, 2020
Snell (illness) is off the injury report ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Nets.
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Ruled out Monday
FDetroit Pistons
Illness
January 27, 2020
Snell (illness) will not play Monday against the Cavaliers, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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