School: University of North Carolina
Position: Small forward
Size: 6’7 (in shoes)
Reggie Bullock developed into a 3-and-D type player for the Tar Heels and looks like he’ll translate well to the NBA. He increased in points, rebounds and assists per game all while becoming much more efficient as an offensive player. He defended the best player on the floor game-in and game-out and thrived because of his size and competitiveness on that end of the floor.
In his junior season, his 3-point percentage raised to 43.6 and he began shooting more comfortably coming off screens and in spot up situations. As a rebounder, he’s solid. He’s not the most comfortable of ball handlers but he knows when to zip the ball across to a teammate for open looks.
He’s not the most athletic player, but he makes up for it with his competitive spirit. He’s not a great ball handler, but he makes up for that with his high basketball IQ. As a freshman and sophomore, he made poor decisions with the ball in his hand, often looking to do something he wasn’t capable of. As a junior, his turnover rate dropped and he became much more comfortable in Roy Williams’ system.
His ceiling in the NBA is limited but he should make for a nice role player for years to come. He’s never going to be an All-Star but he will be a solid contributor and could work his way to a starting role at some point in his career.
How would he fit in with Denver? Well that sort of depends on how the Nuggets view their other young wing players in Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller. As a player he seems to fit the mold of what the Nuggets need: a defensive minded player who stretches the floor with 3-point shooting. The Nuggets’ inability to stretch the floor killed them in their first round playoff exit. That, and they struggled in guarding the perimeter. Bullock might patch some of those holes.
But would he hurt the development of Fournier and Miller? There are a few ways to look at this. If the Nuggets let Corey Brewer walk in the off-season, that’s 24 minutes a game opened up. If Andre Iguodala decides he doesn’t have a chance to win a championship in Denver, that’s another 35 minutes. There’s also the possibility that Denver will select one of the numerous available international players and stash them away for a few years to allow its young guys to develop.
Bullock isn’t the sexiest pick but he’s as close to a sure thing that you can find at the bottom of round one. He’s going to come in immediately, compete on the defensive end and provide floor spacing with his outside shot. And if you’re selection No. 27, isn’t that what you want?
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