In a year of consistencies for the Bucks, it is strange to see a guy like Tony Snell have so many inconsistencies. Those inconsistencies were not so much in his game, because when Tony Snell saw the floor you got exactly what you would expect out of Snell. Efficient spot up shooting and competent defense skills, with Tony seeing a career high in points per 36 numbers at 12.3 points a game compared to his previous high of 11.1 in his sophomore campaign in the NBA, as well as shooting 45% from the field, just below 40% from three and 88% from the free-throw line. In a year where he saw good production when he played it is strange to see him completely fall out of the rotation after an ankle injury in the home stretch of the season. It would have been nice for Tony to get a shot during the playoffs especially when guys like Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown had their fair share of struggles in both the Celtics and Raptors series.
With a play style like Tony’s he is never really a get too high or too low so it is a little more difficult to find a standout game or set of games where Tony had a standout performance, but if there was one night where Tony had it more than usual it was against the Celtics in late December. Tony came off of the bench and had a perfect shooting outing going 6-6 and scoring 15 points and hitting 3-3 from beyond the arch and getting the rest of his points in none Tony Snell fashion by driving to the basket. As for other stats, if you don’t know that really isn’t Tony’s M.O. with this night being no exception with the only other noticeable. stat being two rebounds. This was a great career highlight but unfortunately it does not hold a candle to Tony Snell’s infamous eight trillion night when on February 21st, 2016 Tony Snell played 8 NBA minutes of basketball and did not record a single stat. If that was not peak Tony Snell, then I do not know what is.
After an ankle injury late March sidelined Tony for 10 straight games he completely fell out of Mike Budenholzer’s rotation to end the season as well as during the post-season in favor of guys like Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown. With Tony only seeing garbage time minutes alongside Tim Frazier and Bonzi Colson. This would be fine if you don’t take into consideration his contract which is just under 11 million a year. Meanwhile both Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown make less than 2 million a year each and give you arguably the same amount of production if not more.
Grade for the season: B-
On the grading scale for the season, if Giannis is an A+ and Thon Maker is an F well then, I would say that Tony’s play style is what his grade should be and that would be mediocre, when I think of mediocrity, I think C. Now let’s consider that Tony did provide value offensively shooting 45% from the field and played in 74 of the 82 games in the regular season. It would be cruel of me to give him a C, but with the size of his contract and having fell out of the rotation during the playoffs it is hard to give him a grade any higher than a B-. Is it great? No, but it could certainly have been worse for Tony.
Role for next season:
With the large contract and falling completely out of Mike Budenholzer’s rotation during the last half of the season I think that General Manager Jon Horst will be trying to do anything he can in order to unload Tony’s contract on someone else. Similar to what he did with high paid role-players John Henson and Matthew Dellavadova. If Tony does stay a Buck next season you know exactly what you’re going to get from him. Serviceable defense and efficient catch and shoot skills. While not trying to overdue anything offensively. If he comes back, I’d figure he would fall closer to the 17 minutes a game mark and close to 6 points a game.
(All stats via www.basketball-reference.com)