With the 25th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select…Reggie Bullock, from the University of North Carolina. I’m sure that has gone through Reggie Bullock's mind a lot. Being a 1st round NBA Draft pick is quite an honor, all that hard work has finally payed off with a nice paycheck. Personally, I don’t know what that feels like, but hey…neither do you.
Not only did Bullock get drafted in the 1st round, he was picked by "Lob City!" Playing basketball, and living in Los Angeles sounds pretty good to about anyone. Right now, he’s playing for the best basketball team in LA! (The Lakers are no longer the best team in LA as of right now). Not only is he playing in LA, but he has some pretty good teammates to say the least. Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the NBA. Throw in the highlight reel otherwise known as Blake Griffin, and you’ve got a great core. Reggie Bullock fits right into the Clippers team.
Now that sounds pretty good, but did Bullock make the right decision to declare for the draft? Should he have stayed for his Senior season? Did being picked 25th overall by the Clippers validate his decision to leave UNC? A few months ago when he declared, I would’ve said no. Coach Roy Williams echoed that same thing. He admitted he was concerned. Right now it’s hard to give a definite answer, but I believe he made right decision. Lets say Bullock did stay for his Senior season, how much would his draft stock have grown? Would he be a top 15 pick? Considering many are calling the 2014 NBA Draft the best since 2003, I would say NO. In bold ink, all capitals. In case you aren’t familiar with the 2003 NBA Draft, it included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Darko Milicic. OK, the last one was a joke. Milicic was one of the biggest draft busts of all time. It is pretty safe to say LeBron James turned out OK. He has had a pretty decent career, same with Carmelo, Wade, and Bosh.
The 2014 Draft includes the ever so hyped Andrew Wiggins, and Jabari Parker. Get to know Jabari Parker. He is on his way to Duke. You will hear his name a lot this year, unfortunately. With that being said, Bullock could’ve came back, and had a great Senior season. But that wouldn’t drastically change his draft stock. There is always the possibility of an injury, and that might take him out of the 1st round. In this years draft, Nerlens Noel likely would’ve been the 1st pick if it wasn’t for his Torn ACL.
In conclusion, I believe Bullock made the right choice. He couldn’t of fallen to a much better situation. Chris Paul being your point guard, it doesn’t get much better than that. Also, Reggie doesn’t have to go to class anymore! No more History or Science exams! Unless he wants to go back and get his degree during the offseason like some players do, he is completely done.
It’s hard to say goodbye to Bullock. He was a major piece to the Tar Heels team last year, and he leaves a big hole for next year. Five to Ten years down the road from now, I believe we will look back on this, and say Reggie Bullock did in fact, make the right decision.