Perimeter shooting is what the NBA covets. The game now revolves around the three-point shot, and if you can’t shoot well from beyond the arc, you will have a difficult time winning in the Association. The Milwaukee Bucks shot 37% from three last season, good enough to be tenth best in the NBA.

 

Tony Snell (40.6%) was a big part of that success, and ranked fourth on the team in three-point shooting, and last weekend, he agreed to terms on a four-year contract, worth up to $46M. Snell played a crucial role for the Bucks down the stretch, supplying the team with another wing 3-and-D type player. During his time with the Chicago Bulls, Snell played well, but sparingly. His first year in Milwaukee saw career highs across the board, albeit the numbers aren’t gaudy. Snell played just under 30 minutes per game, scored 8.5 points, grabbed 3.1 boards, and dished out just over 1 dime per game. While his stats aren’t eye-popping, Snell’s impact on the offense was significant. He admirably filled in during Khris Middleton’s absence, and continued to contribute in the latter part of the regular season and into the playoffs.

Snell’s contract is eye-catching because he has averaged only 6.2 points per game over the course of his career. However, it was a move the Bucks had to make. They need perimeter shooting. Although they shot efficiently, the Bucks ranked 24th in the NBA in three-point shot attempts. Milwaukee needs players who can and will shoot at any time, like Snell and Middleton (not Mirza Teletovic, though. Sorry, Mirza).

Another aspect of this deal is the fact that the Bucks gave up Michael Carter-Williams for Snell right before last season began. At the time, it seemed like a minor deal, but time has told us that the Bucks unequivocally won that trade. Carter-Williams played in only 45 games for the Bulls, and was not effective enough to be re-signed, and instead, the Charlotte Hornets agreed to a contract with him last week. Snell’s new contract, while large, is necessary. He won’t be a cornerstone player, but he can be the best rotation player on the team. And that is not something that should go unnoticed

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