Reggie Bullock was not supposed to be the Mavericks’ prize acquisition for the Summer of 2021. That was supposed be Kyle Lowery or DeMar DeRozan, but despite Dallas’s balmy weather, Raptors apparently don’t migrate to North Texas. Bullock, on the other hand, called his decision to sign with the Mavericks “a no-brainer.”
“When I played against the Mavericks last year, I liked the way that they competed as a team,” Bullock said at his introductory press conference. “They got great players, so it was an easy, no-brainer for me. Being with the Knicks last year, we made it to the playoffs but I see [the Mavericks] as a team that’s taking that next step to be in the postseason.’’
Last season, Bullock averaged 10.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting from the field, including 41 percent from beyond the arc and 46.8 percent from the corners — you know, that place Luka routinely feeds wide-open teammates thanks to his penetration.
He’s also a tenacious defender, having hounded new teammate Luka Doncic in past matchups between the Mavs and Knicks. His physical, hard-nosed style of defense is a welcome addition in Dallas; it’s what the team had hoped for from Josh Richardson last season.
As Kirk Henderson wrote when Bullock initially inked his three-year, $30.5M contract, his pick and roll defense with the Knicks last year was strong, grading out in the 71st percentile. While that might in part be aided by the Knicks' overall team defensive rating, he does have a solid body of work to fall back on beyond his tenure in New York.