SB Nation is posting scouting reports of each prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft. Learn more about North Carolina swingman Reggie Bullock.
NAME: Reggie Bullock.
SCHOOL: North Carolina.
AGE ON DRAFT NIGHT: 22 years, three months.
POSITION: Small forward.
MEASUREMENTS: 6'6, 190 pounds, 6'8.5 wingspan.
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RELEVANT "ADVANCED" STATS: 43.6 percent from three this season. A guard with Bullock's size and athleticism who has that kind of shooting stroke will find a place in the NBA.
SB NATION BIG BOARD POSITION: No. 21.
NBA CEILING: Brandon Rush.
NBA FLOOR: DeShawn Stevenson.
JONATHAN TJARKS' ANALYSIS
After playing as a reserve in his first two seasons at UNC, Reggie Bullock was thrust into a starring role when the Tar Heels lost four players to the first round in 2012. He averaged 14 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists on 48 percent shooting from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line, but he never appeared comfortable as a primary option. He got most off his points running off screens and scoring within the flow of the offense.
His real value comes on the defensive end of the floor. Roy Williams turned North Carolina's season around by moving Bullock to the power forward position, using him to open up the floor for the Tar Heels' other perimeter players.
An athletic 6'6, 205-pound swingman with a 6'9 wingspan, Bullock has prototypical size for an NBA wing. While he will need to add some weight to defend bigger 3's in the NBA, he has the physical tools to be an elite defender.
At worst, Bullock is a player who can space the floor and guard multiple positions. That's a combination any team can use.
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The most oft-used projection for Bullock at the next level is the aforementioned Danny Green who is now a starter with the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, Green's explosion on the scene as a solid starter who can hit threes and play defense only bolsters the possibilities for Bullock. Both players came from the same system and coaching with similar skills they can contribute. Bullock is a 6-7 perimeter player with an accurate three-point shot and reputation as a solid defender. He also rebounds the ball well at his position and most importantly understands his role.
Bullock doesn't have the skill set to be a team's primary scoring option nor is it likely he would ever be an All-Star. His handle is average and his athleticism likewise is only slightly above par. That means he is going to have trouble creating his own shot or driving to the basket against NBA defenses. Like Green, Bullock has a specific set of skills that should be very useful should he land on the right team. If anything, NBA scouts saw a preview of this in 2012 when Bullock was a perfect fit on a team loaded with offensive options. Bullock was there to play defense, hit threes, clean-up rebounds and generally be a glue guy.
Three point specialist who should be able to do enough other things to stay on the court. A lot of supposed shooting prospects do not satisfy that latter condition and that makes Bullock a little bit special. The numbers would look better if he wasn't 22 years old, but he still looks like a solid pick in the late first where he is slotted.
"Reggie's a terrific, terrific player," said [Nuggets scout Mike] Bratz. "Good shooter, great size for a two-man, played in an outstanding program and he has been well coached, and a good athlete. He's one of the guys, we have some of those types of guys on the team right now, but you always want to look to improve yourself and take another look at a guy like Reggie. He's one of the best shooters in the draft."
Reggie Bullock is my favorite prospect projected to be available when the Knicks pick at #24. Ideally, he fills a glaring need on the roster for a starting wing. The Knicks were at their best when Ronnie Brewer was a legitimate threat as a corner shooter and Bullock can provide an imitation or upgrade on what Brewer brought. Bullock is a capable defender and doesn't gamble on defense, which could provide a nice wing tandem next to Iman Shumpert. Bullock is skilled at running off of screens for open jumpshots, which could be valuable if the coaching staff draws up more offense for roleplayers. It's fairly easy to see how Bullock could help on offense. He shoots a high percentage, feeds teammates, and doesn't turn the ball over. Hand, meet glove.
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