The Los Angeles Clippers had a surprisingly early exit in last year’s playoffs. One of their problems in that series against the Memphis Grizzlies was the inability to knock down the three-point shot. They hit only 5.8 per game in 30.4 percent overall in those six games compared to 7.6 per game and 35.8 percent in the regular season.
Combine that with the departure of Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill and Lamar Odom, and the Clippers had some holes to fill if they wanted to make another run at the postseason.
In free agency and trades they were able to replace those five players with JJ Redick, Darren Collison, Jared Dudley and Byron Mullens. They were also able to sure up those outside shooting woes with the drafting of Reggie Bullock 25th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Bullock has been put in the dream situation here in LA. He has one skill that puts him in the upper tier of his peers and it is shooting the basketball. In his junior season at the University of North Carolina, Bullock averaged 13.9 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and a ridiculous 43.6 percent from three while attempting almost six per game.
Bullock struggled a bit with his shot during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League (11-for-39 from three), but he showed an ability to get open off the ball by running off screens.
In his rookie year, Bullock will not show much of an ability to create his own shot off the dribble, but thankfully he won’t have to. The Clippers are already 10 guys deep in their rotation and Bullock is number 11. He has one role and luckily it’s his best attribute: shoot the long ball.
The Clippers are already a playoff team and they might have retooled to be even deeper than last year and part of that is the addition of the sharpshooter Reggie Bullock. Look for Bullock to play a few minutes a game (barring an injury to someone else) and jack up a couple threes to be a spark off the bench.