As the Los Angeles Lakers looked to add shooting to the roster ahead of the NBA trade deadline, they turned to Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons. The Lakers acquired Bullock in exchange for 21-year-old guard Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second-round draft pick.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Reggie Bullock grew up in Kinston, North Carolina. He already has a strong connection on the team as he attended the same high school as current Laker Brandon Ingram, who he has known for most of his life. Bullock had great success at Kinston High School, winning two state championships and playing in the 2010 McDonalds All-American game, alongside Tobias Harris, Kendall Marshall, Kyrie Irving, and Jared Sullinger.
In the college ranks, Bullock represented the North Carolina Tar Heels for 3 seasons, where he averaged 13.9 points, 6.5 assists, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals, in his senior year. This was enough to see him drafted with the 25th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Bullock spent just 1-and-a-half seasons in Los Angeles before getting traded to the Phoenix Suns. His time in Phoenix was a frustrating one, averaging just 6 minutes over 11 games, and spending his time up-and-down from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League.
Shortly after, the 6’7 guard was sent to the Detroit Pistons, where he finally thrived, third time lucky. Albeit, in Bullock’s first two seasons in Detroit he was either injured, coming off the bench or representing the Grand Rapids Drive in the D-League. Although, Bullock shot .415% and .384% from three in the NBA over those two seasons, slowly he was making a name for himself as a solid shooter. This earned Bullock a starting role for the 2017-18 season where he shot a career-best .445% from three-point land over 62 games, averaging 11.3 points.
In the first half of this season, Reggie Bullock was averaging career-highs in points per game (12.1), rebounds (2.8), and assists (2.5). He currently ranks 12th in the NBA in made three-pointers, with 2.6 per game, and 4th in catch-and-shoot scoring. All traits that the Lakers were looking to acquire before the close of the February trade deadline.
Holding strong relationships with the previously mentioned Brandon Ingram and former Piston, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the 27-year-old hosts the ability to spread the floor and add some much-needed shooting from beyond the arc. In addition, he is an effective defensive player, who can switch to multiple positions. For sure, Bullock’s skillset makes for exciting reading as the Lakers look to make a playoff run in the second half of the season.
By Matt Evans (@mattyyyevans)