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Bulls Pick Up Options on Snell and McDermott

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The Chicago Bulls announced before Friday’s game against the Detroit Pistons that they would be picking up the options on Doug McDermott and Tony Snell according to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports.

Snell was taken with the 20th pick of the 2013 draft. In three seasons, he’s averaged 10.7 points per 36 minutes with a 50.1 effective field-goal position. This season, with Mike Dunleavy Jr. recovering from back surgery, he’s stepped into the other starting wing spot alongside Jimmy Butler, and performed commendably there.

With a 7-foot wingspan and an improving jumper, Snell is evolving into a legitimate three-and-D player.

The Bulls traded for No. 11 selection Doug McDermott in the summer of 2014, dealing two picks (used on Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic, along with two second-round draft picks for him. While the results have been spotty, there have been times when McDermottt has shown promise that he could evolve into a legitimate rotation player, even bona fide sixth man.

However, his defensive acumen is, to put it politely, short of Snell’s. His shortcomings on that end of the court kept him off of it for his one year under the guidance of former coach Tom Thibodeau. With Fred Hoiberg taking the reigns, the hope is that McDermott can flourish more in the new system that is more catered to his skill set.

Through the first three games this season, McDermott scored 15.5 points per 36 minutes and shot 53.3 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three. Clearly, for now, the new offense is working better for him.

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