Thursday, June 6, 2013
Should the Knicks draft Reggie Bullock?
By Jared Zwerling
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks' focus heading into the June 27 draft is upgrading at point guard or in the frontcourt.
But could North Carolina swingman Reggie Bullock steal the team's attention?
Should the Knicks take Reggie Bullock with the 24th pick in the NBA Draft?
Last season, the Knicks were sometimes missing a mobile shooter in half-court sets, like a Kyle Korver or J.J. Redick type, who could run baseline to baseline and come off screens quickly and shoot with range. A player like that would've sparked more movement at times in the Knicks' offense, giving them a different look from downtown instead of mostly stationary setups.
Not only is Bullock one of the best shooters in the draft -- from deep and coming off midrange screens -- but he's also a skilled defender, which appeals to Mike Woodson. Last season, as a junior, the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Bullock hit 43.6 percent of his 3s and he guarded the opposing team's top perimeter scorer nearly every game, averaging 1.3 steals.
"I just try to be there on the catch and contest all shots," Bullock said after his Knicks workout on Thursday. "If I was to come in and be a Knick, I know that coach is definitely defensive-minded and I like playing defense."
Bullock has the size, experience and competitive nature to excel as a solid rotation player on the next level. His biggest area of improvement is putting the ball on the floor and making the right decision. Overall, he's compared to Spurs shooting guard Danny Green, one of a few NBA players he studies.
"I like how Ray Allen shoots the ball, I like how Danny Green shoots the ball, I like Paul George," Bullock said. "He defends, he shoots 3s, he comes off screens, he puts the ball on the floor. I like how Kawhi Leonard rebounds at his position, so I just try to pick a lot of pieces from all their games and just try to be Reggie Bullock."
As of now, ESPN.com draft expert Chad Ford, in his latest first-round projection, has the Pacers taking Bullock one pick before the Knicks, who have the 24th selection. Ford writes, "Bullock might be the best shooter left on the board. He's a bit one-dimensional, but he can play two different positions and should be able to play from day one."
Bullock said he has stayed in contact with former Tar Heel Raymond Felton.
"I know that he's wishing nothing but the best for me," Bullock said.
BRANDON PAUL, SLEEPER PICK?: Paul, a combo guard from Illinois, has the offensive talent to be a late first-round pick, but he needs to prove two main things during the pre-draft process: that he can give consistent effort on both ends of the floor and he can make plays at point guard.
Paul is prepared to make that pitch.
"[Teams] know that I played a lot of point guard in my college career as far as backup, because we never really had a backup point guard over at Illinois," he said, "so I think just having both skill sets is something that's going to help me transition to the next level."