Athletically, Bullock is an above average athlete with great size at the shooting guard position. Bullock glides around the court, possesses average vertical leaping ability, and above average lateral quickness. His athletic gifts give him high defensive potential at the next level.
At 6’7, 205 lbs, Bullock presents great size at the shooting guard position. With his size, great defensive positioning and basketball IQ, and bulk, Bullock should fit in well with Tom Thibodeau's defensive scheme as he'll be able to defend both wing positions.
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Basketball IQ and Will to Want It
Bullock came to North Caroline as the top shooting guard prospect of his class. While he has never lived up to that big-time hype, Bullock has become a very nice shooter from deep, mid-range, can run the court, and is a very good defender. To go from all the hype to becoming a hard-nose role player shows that he is willing to be a great team player and the will to play a role in the program rather than be the star.
Bullock possesses two very good skills that translate to the next level. First, Bullock is a very good shooter from beyond the arc. Next, Bullock possesses great defensive ability at his size at the shooting guard position. With good lateral ability and a big build, he can stay in front of his man and fight through screens. He also averaged an impressive 6.6 rebounds per game out of the SG/SF spot which shows his hustle on the court.
While Bullock possesses many great attributes, he lacks any ability to create off the dribble and isn't going to offer much in the ball handling department. He can pump fake an outside shot and step into a mid range jumper, and plays within his limits, but isn't an offensive creator. While you will never get a star in Bullock, you are probably going to get a very solid player in the mold of A Luol Deng/Aaron Afflalo type player at the shooting guard position.
To me, Bullock has a game similar to a Martell Webster. He is solidly athletic, can shoot, and can play defense at both wing positions. Bullock is also one of the safest players in this draft and role players are becoming a premium, especially after the lottery.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
While we are in some need of some offensive influx with players that can create off the dribble, Bullock is a tremendous possible asset to our team and the type of player that I feel Coach Thibs will eventually love to play. I also feel he can play somewhat early and will eventually be a very good role player. To me, Bullock is one of the safest picks in this draft.
Stating all this, I would only want to draft Bullock if a few other players were already taken on my draft board (Gorgui Dieng, C.J. McCollum, Dennis Schroeder, Sergey Karasev) and while these players are projected to go higher, I feel Bullock will be a better player than a player such as Allen Crabbe, Jamaal Franklin, Ricky Ledo, etc…
The Bulls do need more offensive playmakers, but any team could use a good role player such as Bullock. It is not the team’s fault that the Front Office does not go after many playmakers or consolidate the roster more freely. To me adding Bullock would be a pleasant addition and again allow a player such as Deng, Butler to be moved for a piece for our team too. It is up to the Bulls to make that call.
My impressions are that Reggie Bullock will be a great asset at the next level in providing a rare combination of good athletic ability, solid build, and a three point shooter at both wing positions while being a very good defender. While I would rather take a chance on a couple of other players if available over Bullock, I would not be disappointed to see Bullock be drafted at 20, or the Bulls somehow aligning another pick later in the first round!