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Michael Snaer

SG Florida State
6’4” 200 lbs 6/21/8

 

14.8 PPG        4.5 RPG          2.5 APG          1.0 SPG           42.5 FG%       38.4 3P%

 

 

 

Overview: Four years ago, Snaer surprised a lot of people when he turned down offers from schools like UCLA, Missouri, and Kansas to attend Florida State. He claimed that he wanted to start a program's legacy rather than add to one. Snaer has certainly left a huge mark on the Seminoles program in his four years at Tallahassee. In the past two seasons, Snaer has hit a whopping 6 game winners for Florida State. He has transformed from a spot up shooter to the leader of his team's offense during his college career. He projects well as a mid second round pick who can positively contribute to his team in a variety of ways without really harming them.

 

On offense, Snaer's best attribute is his jump shot. He has extremely deep range. His jumper has really good form; one thing he may want to work on is improving the height of his release point. During his time in college, it wasn't much of an issue, but against taller, more athletic defenders, he may want to make his shot harder to contest and block. He is at his absolute best when he gets to operate as a spot up shooter, but he's gotten better as his career has gone on at getting open and getting his feet set when he catches the ball after running off of screens. Snaer also utilizes his athleticism pretty well; he's extremely explosive when he gets into the lane on offense. He has a decent jab step and utilizes fakes pretty well to create space. He needs to get better at creating for himself and his teammates off of the dribble, especially given his first step as well as his long strides to get into the lane. His handle isn't great; he has a decent crossover from right to left but needs to develop other moves in order to become a player who can create his own scoring opportunities. Snaer can finish with either hand, but needs to work on shying away from contact less. He has a thin frame, but given his free throw percentages, he's leaving points on the board by avoiding contact. His percentages have also dipped this season, but that's largely a function of becoming the go to guy for the Seminoles, a role he definitely won't be asked to play in his first few seasons in the pros. He is continuing to improve his court vision, which will be useful when he draws multiple defenders if he continues to improve his handle to get into the lane.

 

Snaer's best value to a pro team immediately will be on the defensive end of the court. He moves extremely well laterally, which allows him to cut off his matchup's potential driving lanes in order to keep them away from the hoop. Snaer, despite his thin frame, isn't afraid to get physical; he'll want to bulk up a little to avoid being pushed around in isos and potential post ups in the pros. One thing he does have a tendency to do on the ball is overplay a bit. He doesn't gamble for cheap steals so much as he sometimes just overplays and can occasionally get beaten off the dribble. Off the ball, he positions himself very well, always staying alert of where the ball and his man are and moving himself accordingly. He gets through screens surprisingly well for a player as thin as he is. He rotates well to help his teammates if they're beaten and closes out well on the ball. As he sometimes does on the ball, he has a tendency to be over-aggressive off the ball and get too far up in a passing lane, leaving himself susceptible to the back door cut. Snaer can be a very good defender at the NBA level. He also does a good job with rebounding. While his numbers aren't especially high, he always looks to seal off a man and establish position on the glass. One thing he does that doesn't get noticed very often is that he seals off guards who look to crash the boards or create chaos by coming in from the top of the key. This doesn't always result in a rebound for Snaer, but it certainly helps his team secure the ball, as he eliminates crashing guards from the equation.        

 

Overall, Snaer can be a very good role player in the NBA provided he isn't asked to do too much. He is a solid 3 and D caliber shooting guard, which if placed onto the right team setting, could be quite useful. He's very similar to a Wes Matthews type of player, albeit a slightly slimmer one at the moment. Matthews hasn't been a star but has gotten consistent minutes at the NBA level. Snaer has a few areas he could improve on in order to round out his offensive game, but his defense alone warrants him some looks in the second round. He could be a late second round value for a good team looking for a role player.

 

 

 

Key Strengths:

 

·      Snaer is a very good defender both on and off the ball and this will get him playing time even early in his pro career.

 

·      He has good range and is a three point threat, specifically as a spot up option.

 

·      He rebounds wisely for a man his size; he doesn't always come away with the board, but he understands how to seal off men to help his team.

 

·      Snaer is explosive when he gets into the lane.

 

·      He has proven that he can be a supporting player as well as a go to scorer.

 

·      He doesn't shy away from the big moments; he thrives when the game is in the balance in his hands.

 

Areas to Improve:

 

·      Snaer could use added bulk to avoid getting pushed around at the NBA level.

 

·      Snaer isn't a great shot creator, either for himself or for his teammates.

 

·      He can be overly aggressive on defense at times.

 

·      His release could use a little work in order to improve its height.