UNC Basketball: Breaking Down Reggie Bullock's NBA Prospects
With the 2013 NBA draft slated for this Thursday, it's time we discuss the latest North Carolina offerings.
Shooting guard/small forward Reggie Bullock was originally slated to land somewhere in the second round. But as he has progressed through workouts, interest in the former Tar Heel has risen tremendously.
Now most mock drafts have him getting snatched up in the middle-to-late first round.
Reggie Bullock may not be a top-flight lottery player, but he comes with a healthy package of positives. Between his excellent size and ability to impact every stat line, he will be able to contribute to an NBA squad immediately.
In the following slides, we'll break down his greatest strengths and weaknesses.
Reggie Bullock's Strengths
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The first thing that pops out about Bullock is his perimeter game. He was able sink 43.6 percent of his three-point attempts as a junior. And many of those were from NBA range.
He'll consistently bury spot-up, step-back and pull-up threes with confidence.
He also excels as a rebounder for his position. He pulled in 6.4 per game at the 3 last season. Playing six fewer minutes at the 2 the year before, he still raked in 5.1 per contest.
No matter which position he plays in the NBA, he will be able to impact the boards.
Bullock isn't a flashy passer by any means, but he has great vision and is more than willing to dish out low-risk passes to cutters and open shooters in the corners. He is very aware of everything going down on the court.
He dished out 2.9 assists to just 1.2 turnovers per game as a junior.
Shooting is clearly his nest asset, but his defense is a close second. He is an excellent on-ball defender, though he doesn't possess great lateral quickness.
His length makes up for that a little, though. Bullock stands at 6'7", with a 6'9" wingspan.
He's more of a show stopper than a turnover junkie, but he did snatch 1.3 assists per game last season. And after working in Roy Williams' system, he understands how to turn a steal into a quick score with his transition game,
Again, he is very aware of his surroundings, so he doesn't get greedy and overlook the trailer. But if he takes it all the way, he's a superior finisher.
He just lacks a little flash there, too.
Reggie Bullock's Weaknesses
Bullock does possess some weaknesses, and those will probably be enough to make him more of a role player than a star.
His dribble is a little loose and high, making him prone to a pick-pocket or simply losing control of the rock. This also prevents him from being a major threat with the dribble-drive.
Bullock isn't a very aggressive player, despite his above-average athleticism. If he gets the rim, he finishes soft and isn't a candidate for posterizing anyone.
He did appear to play a little more reserved as a junior, though—perhaps thinking about his future in the NBA. I wouldn't be surprised if he showed more aggression at the next level.
His style of play will make a lot of coaches happy. There isn't much concern for turnovers. But it will also prevent him from reaching that star caliber.
Reggie Bullock will be a great fifth or sixth man for just about any NBA team. But if he is sent to a team where he is expected to be the top player, he will have trouble living up to expectations.
Landing in the right organization will be the greatest key to his success.