Scouting Report - Reggie Bullock

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Name:  Reggie Bullock      Age:   21           School: North Carolina

Height: 6’7         Weight: 200       Projected Position: SG/SF           

2012-13 Stats:

13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 tpg (31.4 minutes per game)

48.3 FG%, 76.7 FT%, 43.6 3FG%

 62.5 TS%, 60.7 eFG%, 18.5 USG%

 

SKILLS & ATHLETIC BREAKDOWN

Offense

Perimeter Shooting

Bullock has always been a good shooter, but he has made some adjustments to be even better during his college years.  He does a good job getting square to the basket, gets good lift from his legs, and has a smooth, high release.  Bullock is a very good spot up shooter and is capable hitting his jumper off the dribble.  He has range out to the college 3-point line, and with some strength work, should be able to hit the NBA 3 with some consistency.  Bullock is very good moving without the ball, and he is very good at using screens and quick cuts to get open.  He needs to work though on coming off screens tighter and getting square and ready to shoot the ball. Bullock needs to watch a tendency to lower his release when he has a defender close to him.  Bullock also needs to work on creating space for his jumper with his dribble, though he has shown improvement taking a dribble or two for space.  Bullock’s shot selection is generally good.

Ballhandling/Penetration

Bullock is a good ballhandler for his size, especially using both hands well. He does a good job keeping the ball low and protected, though he needs to work on developing more advanced handling skills such as a crossover or change of pace dribble, as well as making sure to keep his head up when he looks to go to basket. Bullock can be strong off the dribble, able to attack off the screen or in isolation with the right matchup, though he has to make sure not to hesitate or settle for a jumper.  Bullock has an average first step, but if he can get a step on his man, he uses long, smooth strides to get to the basket easily.   He has good body control and he does a good job avoiding help defenders.  Bullock has deceptive strength and is capable of finishing through contact. He has shown that he can hit the mid-range jumper off the dribble once past the defender, Bullock has to work on using screens to get into the lane, especially coming off tighter and accelerating.    

 Passing Skills

Bullock has above-average court vision and awareness, and he uses his size well to make passes over the top of the defense.  His passes are strong and catchable, and he is a very good post-entry passer for a forward.  Bullock needs to work on keeping his head up when he penetrates and look for openings provided by the help defense.

Free Throw Shooting

Bullock is an above-average free throw shooter, with a consistent routine, good balance, and a smooth shooting motion and follow-through.  Where Bullock needs to improve is looking to get to the line more often. Last season he averaged just 2 free throw attempts per game. Most of that has to do with taking more than 75% of his shots from the perimeter.  When he does attack the basket, he does a good job going strong to the basket and not shying from contact.   

 

Defense

Perimeter Defense (On/Off Ball)

Bullock is a good on-ball defender, positioning himself well between his man and the basket, staying relatively low and moving well laterally.  He is capable of guarding multiple positions.    He needs to learn to work through screens better when his man has the ball, especially getting over the top of the screen when his man is a capable perimeter shooter.  Off the ball, Bullock positions himself well, putting himself in an area where he can get to his man and help around the lane if needed.  He doesn’t look to jump or disrupt passing lanes often, but he can pressure off the ball for short spans of time.  He reacts well to his man’s movements and can stay with him on cuts and fakes.  He does a good job navigating through screens off the ball, not letting his man get a lot of room to get set for a shot.  He has good defensive awareness, and does a good job tracking his man and the action away from him. 

Rebounding

Bullock uses his length well to rebound on the defensive boards. He does a good job looking to box out and using his arms and lower body to clear space. He also does a good job holding his position and giving him or his teammates time to get the missed shot. He isn’t much of a factor on the offensive boards, likely because of the large percentage of perimeter shots he has taken, but with his length and wing span, he could grab some around the basket if he is there.

Transition

Bullock runs the floor well in transition, capable of running the wings and spotting up for the jumper or taking the ball strong to the basket.  Though not very quick, Bullock has also shown that he can push the ball himself on the break, and he has shown some good vision in finding teammates. 

Intangibles/Summary

Bullock has always been known as a perimeter shooter, but with his skills and athletic ability, he should be able to benefit from the better spacing the NBA provides to get to the basket. He could provide both scoring and strong defense at the NBA level, and should be able to provide valuable minutes rather quickly. Bullock understands the game well and is capable of guarding multiple positions.  While he may have to adjust to being a role player, he has all the makings of a valuable role player.

Draft Value:  Middle-Late 1st  – #16-23

Bullock built a reputation as a shooter, justifiably so, but this past season you got to see he was capable of a bit more. The “3 & D” player has become a more recent phenomenon, but Bullock’s strengths fit that description aptly.

 

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