New York Knicks: Reggie Bullock

Felton: Reggie Bullock 'can really play'

June, 27, 2013
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According to Raymond Felton, Reggie Bullock, a fellow North Carolina Tar Heel, had a "great workout" with the Knicks earlier this month.

Could Bullock be on the Knicks' draft board on Thursday night?

While the Knicks' position priorities are at point guard and in the frontcourt, there is a type of player they could use more of next season. That would be a mobile shooter in half-court sets, like a J.J. Redick or Kyle Korver type, who can not only run off of screens and shoot quickly from midrange to 3-point range, but also put the ball on the floor with one or two dribbles and still make the basket.

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AP Photo/Charlie RiedelBullock's perimeter D and shooting skills could make him a valuable contributor this season.
A player like that off the bench would've sparked more movement at times in the Knicks' offense last season, giving them a different look from downtown instead of mostly stationary setups.

Bullock is one of the best players in the draft who fits that criteria, along with Allen Crabbe and Tim Hardaway Jr. Bullock is also a skilled defender, an attribute that appeals to coach Mike Woodson.

Felton believes Bullock has a solid future in the NBA.

"I did speak with him [during the pre-draft process]," the Knicks point guard told ESPNNewYork.com. "I told him, 'When you go into these workouts, just play hard, try to shoot as well as you can and just show them that you're not just a shooter -- that you have an all-around game.' The kid can really play. He didn't have the season that he really wanted to have, but I think he's going to be all right in this league if he gets a chance."

Bullock has the size (6-7, 205), experience (three years in the ACC) and competitive nature to excel as a solid rotation player on the next level. His biggest area of improvement is driving to the hoop and deciding on when to make the right play. He's compared to Spurs shooting guard Danny Green, who broke the record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals series.

TRADE POSSIBILITIES? Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert have value on the trade market, but it's unlikely the Knicks would deal either of them. Chandler is the team's foundation on both ends of the court, and Shumpert is a key part of their future.

But what if the Knicks made Steve Novak available? He is a one-dimensional player with defensive inefficiencies. That was a main reason why he didn't play much in the playoffs.

Perhaps the Knicks will want to avoid that issue again but throwing out his name on draft night -- along with maybe a future pick -- to a team with a higher selection. That way the Knicks could possibly land one of the best point guard prospects. Then at No. 24, the Knicks could hope Gorgui Dieng or Tony Mitchell is available to fill their second need: a big man.

So what does one insider think? Don't hold out hope for a trade.

"No one will take Novak's contract," a league source said. "Draft picks are assets because they allow [teams] to have players on the rookie scale. They new CBA is a game-changer in that regard."

Novak just wrapped up the first season of a four-year, $15 million contract.

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Should the Knicks draft Reggie Bullock?

June, 6, 2013
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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?

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Shane Keyser/Getty ImagesShould 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."

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