NBA Draft pick #25 - Los Angeles Clippers

Reggie Bullock goes to the Clippers at No. 25

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

After the acquisition of Doc Rivers as head coach and VP of Basketball Operations, the Clippers first major personnel move was selecting Reggie Bullock with the 25th pick of the NBA Draft.   

Rivers has a lot of talent to work with in LA (assuming Chris Paul comes back) but Bullock may still ave to step into a role shortly after his arrival.

Mar 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Reggie Bullock (35) shoots against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY SportsHe is already a capable shooter from NBA range and his ceiling doesn't seem to be much higher than that.  But that's ok for a Clippers team that just needs role players at this point.  Matt Barnes and Caron Butler served the role of floor spacer and wing defender for LA last year, but Bullock may get the call moving forward.

The Clippers are coming off the best season in franchise history, which saw them post a 56-26 record and earn a Pacific Division title.  But the lack of an offensive game plan and inadequate half court execution cost them mightily  in the first round of the playoffs. Running into a hot Grizzlies team didn't help either.

An early playoff loss could have been a wake up call for a team that finished 4th in Offensive Rating and 8th in Defensive Rating.  This team is very good -- at times they looked elite last season -- but their early exit showed them they needed to get better.  Getting Doc on board was step one and adding young talent to a mostly veteran team is the second step.

Bullock will not have a game-changing impact necessarily, but he fits what the clippers needed.  Defenses will not  be able to sag off him to react to Chris Paul or double Blake Griffin, and with Doc Rivers in charge, he will reach his ceiling.
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