Tony Snell

Tony Snell

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213 LBS

Portland Trail Blazers



November 10, 1991 (29)

Watts, CA, USA

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length team amount avg annual salary
2021-2022 Atlanta Hawks $2,389,641 $2,389,641
2017-2021 Atlanta Hawks $46,000,000 $11,500,000
2013-2016 Chicago Bulls $6,785,647 $2,261,882

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Tony Snell Foundation

ONE PLAN “My plan A is my plan B.” Less than two hours before boarding a plane bound for Hong Kong, where he’d spend the next two weeks enjoying the offseason, Tony Snell could not find his phone. Snell did not panic, nor did he fear the Instagram opportunities he’d miss without his phone's camera. He left his cherry-red Blackberry in the cupholder of a midsize rental car in Los Angeles, and he could care less. “I was gone for two weeks and I didn't really care about my phone. I was willing to lose that one and get another one,” Snell said. The hype around social media does not appeal to Snell. He sees how it affects those he cares about. These days, everyone is looking at a screen, and regular conversations are rare without a phone in-hand. Growing up in Watts, CA, Snell focused on what mattered most: giving himself and his family a better opportunity. He had just one goal in mind, and that was to make it into the NBA. “I was always on one thing: Plan A is my plan B, which is basketball. This is what I'm sticking with. I’m literally putting my life on the line,” Snell said. “I’m dedicating it to this sport that I actually love.” This dedication has led Snell to where he is now. The first round draft pick currently plays for the Detroit Pistons, and even after playing in his seventh NBA season he still has the same mindset when it comes to social media. “Back then, we had no social media. Our social media was going outside to the playgrounds. Being free to do whatever you want. The first thing that got me to meet friends was basketball. Going to the parks and seeing kids from all over the place, and you just be yourself and be accepted,” Snell said. His work paid off, and now he’s using his influence to make his community a better place. Snell and his family founded the Tony Snell Foundation as a way to give back to areas in need and to further young kids’ basketball development. “Me and my older brother: We’ve been talking about this for a long time...about how we grew up (figuring out how) to have some motivation and positivity in a negative environment to try and do better in life,” Snell said. Last summer, the nonprofit put on its first organized basketball camp. Over 100 young players showed up to the Watts Empowerment Center to work on their game and to eat Chick Fil A. Currently, the foundation sells clothing online with its signature “snail” branding. The snail itself has a story too. “In class, teachers would call my name ‘Tony Snail’ and think it was an actual snail,” Snell said. “And, the way I operate, I’m kind of a slow-mo person. I think the snail is the perfect image of who I am. I’m slow, but I’m efficient.” The foundation uses clothing as a platform to give back to its community. 50% of clothing proceeds go to events and various givebacks in South Central Los Angeles, where Snell grew up as a kid. He has not forgotten his roots, and no matter what city he plays for, he finds ways to contribute because he knows he can make an impact. “I really wanted to do this foundation to let kids know that I was that little kid who was around negativity,” Snell said. “But I turned my life into a positive by believing in myself and believing that, whatever my dream was, if you can believe in yourself then sky's the limit.” What’s next for the Tony Snell Foundation? After the COVID-19 pandemic settles, the foundation will continue to put on basketball camps in the South Central area. Snell also hopes to build a playground for kids to play basketball. He wants young kids to grow up in a safe environment, but to also carry on the principles he instilled within himself at a young age. Phones, the internet, social media: these are exciting, but they can distract from the bigger picture. “I think social media is good, but some people overdo it. Instead of using it to build your brand, some people use it as their life,” Snell said. This is the mindset of someone who uses a Blackberry in today’s age. It keeps Snell focused, and it says quite a bit about his personality. “A lot of people give me a hard time about my Blackberry, but they know that’s been [me] since day one. That’s who I am. I’m not going to let the world change me, I just adapt to the world,” Snell said. Snell says that kids shouldn’t be afraid to feel alone and to be oneself, and he wants the Tony Snell Foundation to remind them of just that. “At the end of the day, you have to know how to please yourself and be comfortable with yourself at all times, regardless of what area you’re in,” Snell said. “Whatever you believe in, 1000% believe in yourself and you can do it.”

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Tony Rena Snell Jr. was born on November 10, 1991, in Watts, California. He is a shooting guard in the NBA. 

Snell attended Martin Luther King High School in 2008–09, where he and teammate Kawhi Leonard, now with the Toronto Raptors, led the Wolves to a 30-3 season and a #7 national ranking in the MaxPreps/National Guard computer rankings. Snell averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, ...

Tony Rena Snell Jr. was born on November 10, 1991, in Watts, California. He is a shooting guard in the NBA. 

Snell attended Martin Luther King High School in 2008–09, where he and teammate Kawhi Leonard, now with the Toronto Raptors, led the Wolve...


1991-11-10 (Age: 29) Watts, CA, USA

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