The biggest offseason developments for the Los Angeles Clippers was picking up coach Doc Rivers and learning that Chris Paul will probably be staying in town to help the Clippers go for an NBA title within a few seasons.
So the pick of Reggie Bullock Thursday night in the NBA Draft first round at No. 25, while not overshadowing some of the other offseason moves taking place in Los Angeles, was still a good one for the Clippers.
It’s a good position for any rookie to run into. The expectations won’t be high since he’s not expected to be a franchise maker. But the Clippers will want him to get plenty of playing minutes and complement their current roster of players, which still has plenty of talent left to make an NBA run.
The Clippers are starting to get accustomed to making picks that aren’t in the top five. Thanks to so many seasons of having some of the worst NBA teams, they finally put enough talent together to go for an NBA title, not a lottery pick.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from North Carolina has some talents, which attracted Clipper scouts. He can put the ball in the hoop virtually at will at times. The question will be if he can create his own shot enough times for the Tar Heels.
In 31.9 minutes of action, he averaged 31.4 minutes, 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 13 steals per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor, an impressive 43.6 in 3-pointers and 76.7 percent from line.
If he can adjust to the NBA level in a hurry, Bullock is going to help the Clippers.