When UNC’s Reggie Bullock announced that he was declaring for the NBA draft, many people questioned the decision. Perhaps no one questioned it more than his coach Roy Williams. Shortly after Bullock made his decision Williams was quoted as saying, “I’m more worried about Bullock than any of those other guys, but gosh what a great kid.”
Bullock had a solid junior year at UNC; he averaged 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from behind the arc.
Before Bullock, 11 players under Roy Williams had left for the NBA before their senior season; all 11 had been drafted in the first round. Williams’s hesitancy regarding Bullock’s decision was based on the fact that if Bullock were selected in the second round he wouldn’t necessarily receive a guaranteed contract. However, on Thursday Bullock’s gamble paid off when he was selected 25th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.
With the Clippers, Bullock finds himself in a very advantageous position to grow as a professional. As part of the Clippers talented roster he is surrounded by strong veteran leadership in Chris Paul, and one of the best coaches in the NBA in Doc Rivers. Bullock won’t be asked to do much more than knock down threes in his rookie season, which that will allow him to make a comfortable transition to the pros.
One thing to watch for concerning Bullock next season is whether he will be able to compete on the defensive end. Many scouts noted that Bullock was not as intense as he should have been on defense at UNC and despite his length did not have much impact on that end of the floor. If Bullock wants to see much time on the court with the defensive minded Doc Rivers and his Clippers he will need to improve as a defender.