You’re not going very far as a franchise when you finish a season shooting 30% from beyond the arc. Unfortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, that’s just where they’re at right now. Heading into the 2013 NBA Draft, they have a chance to fix that.
Flip Saunders is in control now that David Kahn is long gone, and believe you me, things will change. Saunders has his first shot to showcase his skills as the upcoming draft draws nearer.
Specifically looking at their second pick in the first round at number 26, one guy that could still be available is forward Reggie Bullock out of North Carolina. Depending on how things shake out with the number nine pick, Bullock could be a great choice for Minnesota.
Last season, Bullock was the third leading scorer for his Tar Heels. His major asset to the team, however, was his ability to pull up and knock down a shot on a dime. He was also phenomenal off the catch-and-shoot scenarios.
The most impressive part of his game last year as a junior, though, was his three point shooting. Bullock shot lights out in his final year at a blazing 43% from long distance – something the Timberwolves have surely looked close at.
Minnesota and Ricky Rubio would gladly accept that kind of shooting on the team next year, especially because so many wide open jump shots were missed off of set ups from the young point guard. With the luxury of a shooter like Bullock off the catch-and-shoot, Rubio would flourish even more drastically over the coming years.
Bullock could be one of the more underrated players coming into this year’s draft as he is not one of the more notable names. But, given his 6’7” frame and ability to stretch the floor combined with his best asset – shooting the ball – Minnesota has the potential of stealing themselves quite the offensive threat.