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DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bulls decided big help on the outside was a bigger need than a big body down low, so they addressed it in the draft on Thursday — twice.
First, they grabbed New Mexico wing man Tony Snell with the 20th pick and added another outside shooter in the second round, going with Florida's Erik Murphy at No. 49.
"I think we addressed a need," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "(General manager Gar Forman) and his staff worked very hard all year watching these guys. Both guys shoot the ball extremely well. He feels that Snell has a big upside, and he feels that way about Erik Murphy."
It's not hard to see why the Bulls looked to beef up their outside shooting. Just look at the NBA finals.
Whether it was Danny Green delivering a series-record 27 3-pointers for San Antonio, Ray Allen making a season-saving 3 for Miami or Shane Battier nailing six from long range for the Heat in Game 7, the value of outside shooting was there for everyone to see on the biggest stage.
Throw in the fact that Derrick Rose is expected to be back, drawing collapsing defenders, and that Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli could be gone, and it made sense that the Bulls looked for outside help.
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