Will Rookie Reggie Bullock Have Role With Los Angeles Clippers This Season?
The Los Angeles Clippers had a good run in the 2012-2013 NBA season, but ultimately fell short of their expectations as they were bounced in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Essentially the trio of Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin wasn’t enough to give the Clips a deep run in the postseason.
One of the biggest flaws of this past year’s Clippers team was the fact that their rotation on the wings was devoid of a whole lot of talent. Other than bringing Crawford off of the bench, guys like Willie Green and an aging Chauncey Billups weren’t getting the job done last season. That lack of talent on their wings was their chief concern coming into this summer.
The Clippers acted swiftly and effectively in addressing their issues on the wings. They added Jared Dudley as a multi-faceted wing that can do a lot of things well and also landed the sharpshooting J.J. Redick. The Clippers also added another wing in the draft when they selected Reggie Bullock late in the first round.
Last season at UNC, Bullock was one of the most versatile players for the Tar Heels. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.4 minutes per game while shooting an admirable 48.3 percent from the floor and 43.6 percent from three.
With the Clippers at the Las Vegas Summer League, Bullock was somewhat of a disappointment. In five games he averaged a solid 18 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32 minutes per game, but he shot only 42.3 percent from the field and an even more disappointing 28.2 percent from three-point range.
Despite his poor showing in Vegas, though, Bullock still has a ton of potential in this league. He has the ability to play multiple positions, could end up being an above-average defender, and has the ability to consistently knock down shots from long-range. With the depth the Clips added on the wings, though, it’s hard to see where Bullock fits.
Outside of Redick, Dudley and Crawford, the Clips also have Matt Barnes on the wings. As of right now, it seems like Bullock will definitely be on the roster, but will likely only be there to play extremely limited minutes and as injury insurance. Even if he doesn’t play much this season, though, Bullock could be a solid piece for the Clippers’ future.