Tony Snell

Tony Snell

Tony Snell: A Brief Biography

Tony Rena Snell Jr. is an American professional basketball player and is a member of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Snell attended Martin Luther King High School in 2008–09, where he was teammates with Kawhi Leonard. Snell enrolled at Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix in 2009, where he averaged 19.5 points, 10 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.7 steals, and 1.8 blocks.

Snell decided to play his college basketball for the New Mexico Lobos. As a freshman, he scored in double-figures four times and led the team in scoring twice. Battling for playing time in his sophomore season, Snell earned a starting spot after working hard in practices and with some impressive performances in the preseason exhibition games. Snell averaged 10.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists a game for the season. Snell had a breakout performance in the championship game at UNLV in his junior year where he shot 8-11 from the field and 5-7 from beyond the arc. He scored 13 straight points at the end of the game for the Lobos as they pulled away to seal their second straight tourney title. Snell was named tournament MVP and ESPN national player of the week for his performance.

Snell was selected by the Chicago Bulls as the 20th overall pick in 2013 NBA. After the official signing, he joined them for 2013 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in five games. Snell appeared in 77 games for the Bulls, averaging 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in his rookie season. Re-joining the Bulls for the 2014 NBA Summer League, Snell averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in five games, earning All-NBA Summer League first team honors.

Snell was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams in 2016 offseason. In his first year only with the Bucks, Snell made a career-high six three-pointers and set a season-high with 20 points in a 107–102 loss to the Washington Wizards. He also had a career-high night with 26 points in a 118–108 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

With the Bucks qualifying for the Playoffs in 2017, he set playoff career highs with 19 points and five 3-pointers in an 87–76 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Snell re-signed with the Bucks to a four-year, $44 million contract. The deal reportedly includes a player option after the third year and reachable incentives that could take his total earnings to $46 million.

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