When the Los Angeles Clippers selected University of North Carolina guard/forward Reggie Bullock with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft, They not only allowed a young man’s dreams to come true but they potentially picked up a key piece to the puzzle.
Although the Indiana Pacers or the Chicago Bulls may have been a little better fit, ending up with the Clippers was the next best thing. With the addition of Doc Rivers as head coach most insiders believe that insures team franchise player point guard Chris Paul will re-up with the team this summer. Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan are on deck (for now) and guard Jamal Crawford is the league’s best sixth man(J.R. Smith won the sixth man award).That leaves one glaring hole, a young athletic wing who can stretch the floor with his shooting as well as play defense, Clipper nation meet Reggie Bullock.
The former UNC standout is just what the “Doc” ordered. Reggie is a Jack of all trades, on the defensive end he can guard the two or the three, help out on the boards and block a few shots from time to time. Offensively Bullock will provide much-needed three-point shooting to a team that has no real outside shooting other than the afore-mentioned Jamal Crawford. He will also give a helping hand on the offensive glass and that will be valuable on a squad that doesn’t rebound all that well.
While it’s true that the 6’7 200lbs Kinston, North Carolina native is an all-around player but there are deficiencies in his game that he must improve in order to reach his potential. The most glaring weakness is his ball handling. If Reggie can become a more consistent ball handler, it will unlock other parts of his game, most importantly the ability to create shots. From behind the arc Bullock is deadly but when he has to put the ball on the floor the quality of his shots drastically dropped, and he rarely got clean looks for others.
Bottom line Reggie Bullock will be a rookie and will have plenty ups and downs. However if he can use his length and athleticism on defensive and make open shots off those Chris Paul kick outs, Bullock will become a staple in the Clippers rotation and could be starting by season’s end.