Heading into the draft, I thought the Clippers would probably have a choice of maybe one or two guys from a list of wings: Allen Crabbe, Jamaal Franklin, Reggie Bullock, Tony Snell or Tim Hardaway, Jr. Who would be there at 25 would play a big part in the pick.
But in a volatile and surprising draft, guys fell further and further. Sergey Karasev, who I expected to get picked much earlier, was still available to Cleveland at 19. Snell was the first of the likely Clipper picks to go off the board at number 20 to Chicago. When the Pacers went off the reservation to take Solomon Hill with the 23rd pick, the Clippers knew they'd get one of their top targets.
Many mock drafts had the Clippers taking Hardaway -- but the Knicks grabbed him just before the Clippers. Which left LA with a choice I doubt they ever thought they'd have: Crabbe and Bullock and Franklin were all still on the board.
The Clippers, along with every other team in the league, want to add shooters, shooters and more shooters. And by choosing Reggie Bullock, they got a guy who has the potential to be a 3-D NBA player that every team covets. He shot 43% from three point range last season with North Carolina, and he's also a good wing defender. Can he contribute to the team right away? We'll see, but he's got a chance. He's 22 -- not 19 or 20 -- so if he's not ready now, he needs to be ready pretty soon.
Bullock's got good size on the wing at 6'7, though he's not especially long. He can rebound from the wing as well, which is something the Clippers need. He should get some great looks from the perimeter playing with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin -- if he can hit those shots, he'll be a great pick. If he can do that AND play solid defense, then it's a home run.
You don't often get great contributors picking 25th in the draft -- Bullock may or may not pan out, but he's got a real chance to be a good player for the Clippers, and you can't ask for more than that this late in the first round.
I'll be back with an update with the Clippers front office comes out of hibernation to speak to us in a few minutes.