Draft Projection: No. 19: Cleveland Cavaliers
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Summary: June 26 Update: For teams looking for shooters, Bullock is an obvious choice in the second half of the first round. He might be a bit one-dimensional (his jump shot and defense are the only things really going for him) but some teams believe he could be the next Danny Green.
Quick fact: Bullock had a 56.2 effective field goal percentage against man defense, compared to 42.6 percent against zone defense.
June 25 Update: If the Cavs grab Noel at No. 1, look for them to add a small forward or shooter with their second first-round pick. They would love to get their hands on Karasev if they could; they are trying to move up to grab him. Moving to No. 13 seems to be the consensus of where they need to get to, and it looks as if they are willing to eat Shawn Marion's salary for a year to get there in a trade with Dallas. If they can't get to No. 13, Bullock is another shooter they really are high on. Bullock shot 44 percent from 3-point range this season and has the size to play both wing positions.
June 18 Update: If the Cavs grab Noel at No. 1, look for them to add a small forward or shooter with the second first-round pick. They would love to get their hands on Karasev, but I'm told they believe Bullock wouldn't be a bad consolation prize. Bullock shot 44 percent from 3-point range this season and has the size to play both wing positions.
June 10 Update: Bullock has worked out for the Knicks, Jazz, Nuggets and Wolves. He has the Nets on Wednesday. All five of those teams are drafting in the 20s, which looks like Bullock's range. All five teams could also use a versatile shooter who can play both the 2 and 3. Somewhere in the 21-26 range looks like the right window for Bullock at the moment.
May 28 Update: Bullock helped himself at the combine with terrific shooting as well as strong measurements and athletic numbers. He also was one of the better interviews in Chicago. More and more teams are looking at him in the 20s as a shooting specialist.
Apr 15 Update: Bullock has declared for the 2013 NBA Draft. It took a couple of years, but Bullock really started to live up to his promise as a junior, averaging 14 ppg and shooing nearly 44 percent from three. He also proved to be a good rebounder, averaging 1.3 steals per game. Hed had an impressive 2.35:1 assist -to-turnover ratio. He's a first-round bubble guy right now but teams looking for a shooter might take him higher.
Mar 20 Update: Bullock is one of the premier 3-point shooters in the game, and has good size and athleticism for his position. Bullock and Hairston could be first-round picks if they put together a big run in the tournament.
Oct 9 Update: Scouts have been high on Bullock since his high school days, but injuries and limited playing time made him almost an afterthought on the Tar Heels that last two seasons. But a strong run at the end of last season reminded scouts that Bullock was once a top recruit and might still have the talent to play in the NBA someday.
His calling card will be as a shooter. When he gets his feet set, he can be lethal. He also proved to be an effective defender. He needs to improve his handle and diversify his game, but scouts are always looking for athletic players who can shoot.
If he can take over for Barnes as the Tar Heels' go-to perimeter player, he's got a good shot of sneaking into the first round.
Dec 6 Update: Bullock is still recovering from March 7 knee surgery but his game is becoming increasingly more confident. He can be inconsistent and needs to diversify his game. But a number of scouts believe he has first-round talent if he returns to UNC for his junior season.
Mar 11 Update: Bullock came into the season with a lot of promise, but had a disappointing freshman season. Not only did he not shoot the ball well, but he tore his MCL in late February, missing the rest of the season. Bullock still has a promising future, but with P.J. Hairston showing up on campus, he's got a serious challenge to his role on the team.