2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Reggie Bullock

Today’s featured draft profile will be on University of North Carolina swingman, Reggie Bullock. I love hard-working, 100% effort guys, and if you were to study Bullock’s game as I’ve been doing over the past few days, you’d see just that. Bullock leaves it on the court every night and finds ways besides scoring to contribute to the win. A scrappy defender and dependable 3-point shooter, I’d go as far to say that Bullock reminds me of another former Tarheel: Danny Green.

Birthday: 3/16/91 – Projected NBA Position(s): Shooting Guard/Small Forward – Class: Junior – Ht: 6-7 – Wt: 200 – Hometown: Kinston, NC

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 13.9 Points – 2.9 Assists – 6.5 Rebounds – 48.3 FG% – 43.6 3P% – 76.7 FT%

Bullock's Pre-Draft Info

Bullock’s Pre-Draft Combine Results

Strengths

- Solid spot-up shooter with a quick release

- Moves well without the ball

- Intelligent defender/Doesn’t bite on the pump, plays passing lanes, etc

- Strong rebounder for his size on both ends

- All hustle/Will lay out for the 50-50 ball

- Stays within himself/Makes the smart play

Weaknesses

- Weak ball handler

- Can’t create his own shot

- Active defender but isn’t exceptionally quick laterally

- Doesn’t finish well against length

- Good size but could use more strength to guard NBA-level 3′s

With former Tarheels Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and Kendall Marshall departing for the 2012 NBA Draft, North Carolina needed their returning players to fill in and pick up the slack, and Bullock did just that. He was top 3 on the team in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, also finishing the 2012-13 season as the team leader in 3FG% with at least 5 attempts. Bullock’s production has improved year after year in just about every area during his time at North Carolina, and he was easily the most consistent player for the Tarheels last season.

Bullock’s biggest strength is his proficiency as a catch and shoot wing on the perimeter; he possesses a textbook shooting stroke and elevates well on his jumper, needing little time to get his shot off. In addition to his ability to drain 3-pointers coming off screens and curls, Bullock also shows flashes as a slasher, constantly moving without the ball and making his defender account for him at all times.

On the defensive side of the ball, Bullock has very good size and length, presenting his potential to defend either shooting guards or small forwards. What he lacks lateral quickness, he makes up for in smarts, as he rarely falls for pump fakes and is very good at timing his jump to contest shots. Bullock is also a terrific rebounder at his position and size, finishing second on the team in offensive rebounds, and is good at anticipating  how a shot will come off the rim. Another one of Bullock’s strengths is his transition game, as he runs the floor hard and is a decent finisher on the break. He is also a willing passer who you can count on to stay within his role and make the smart play.

To his credit, Bullock was tasked by North Carolina with defending the biggest perimeter threat night in and night out, but while he was solid, Bullock could evolve to one of the better defenders in the league if he improves his focus and becomes stronger to deal with the athletic wings he’ll be tasked with defending in the NBA. He has the ability to play the 2 and 3, but if he plans on playing exclusively at shooting guard, his ball handling must improve. He clearly isn’t comfortable dribbling in traffic, and combined with his lack of explosiveness, it raises legitimate concerns as to his ability to create his own shot.

Bullock will find his niche in the league as a dependable role player. He’s not an exciting pick by any means, but he’s a hard worker who improved every year he was at North Carolina, and will be willing to do all the little things to help his team win. The Knicks will be adding a solid piece to the puzzle should they use the #24 pick on Bullock.