The Los Angeles Clippers suddenly have a huge void at the shooting guard position. With J.J. Redick scheduled to be out for 6-8 weeks and Matt Barnes still recovering from eye surgery, rookie Reggie Bullock has a chance to fill that void.
Bullock played his college ball at the University of North Carolina before being selected by the Clippers with the 25th overall pick. He wasn’t expected to make an impact right away, but injuries have forced him into a bigger role early on in his career. He is a versatile player who can play multiple positions, and he is quick enough to defend the opponent’s best perimeter player.
Bullock had the best game of his young career during Sunday’s loss against the Indiana Pacers. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes and was perfect from the field. He played terribly the game before, however, going 0-for-4 from the field in only 12 minutes of play. He will need to be more consistent if he wants to gain the trust of head coach Doc Rivers.
The Clippers will be leaning heavily on Bullock during the team’s upcoming road trip, especially if Barnes can’t suit up. The Clippers play seven games in 10 days, including two back-to-backs, so expect Rivers to rely on the bench more than ever. This is Bullock’s time to shine and show his team what he’s all about. He is either going to take advantage of this golden opportunity or dwindle back down to the end of the bench.