When the Los Angeles Clippers took Reggie Bullock in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, it looked as though he could come in right away and get a few minutes of playing time here and there. But, as the summer has progressed, that chance is looking slimmer by the minute.
The Clippers have added some talent to their wing rotation this offseason by executing a trade involving sending J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to Los Angeles, joining Jamal Crawford and Willie Green. After bringing in these veterans, will there be room for Bullock to see some playing time?
New head coach Doc Rivers is used to coaching a team chock full of veterans and he will surely have his hands full deciding how this rotation plays out. Bullock is a great, young prospect who came out of North Carolina as a pretty versatile swingman. He can definitely score the basketball, which is typically something Los Angeles hasn’t had a problem with.
It’s on the defensive side of the ball where the Clippers could find a lot more need for him to be on the court. He brings solid energy to that side of the game and would greatly lift the perimeter defense as a whole. With so many guys in the rotation, though, I don’t know if there will be room for him right away.
Rivers would be wise to give it a shot early on in the year and see how the rookie performs, hopefully feeding off of the energy from the veterans on the floor. There’s a lot of potential when looking at his 6’7”, athletic frame that shouldn’t be held back in the least. If Rivers can find a spot for him this year, even if it is for ten minutes per night, he would be wise to do so.