Bullock missed 36 games so far this season mostly due to rehabbing from offseason back surgery. He did make his season debut until New Year’s Day. When he does play, the former UNC star has been one of the better two-way players on the team.
Bullock has always been a solid defender and he’s continued to be one this season. Miller usually assigns him to guard the opponent’s best player. Only hitting on 39.4% from the field and 33% from three, his shooting numbers have been disappointing. But there have been games where he has helped the Knicks win with his ability to get hot.
At almost 29 years old, Bullock has likely reached his ceiling. He is what he is, a prototypical “3&D” player who can shoot on the perimeter and defend it as well. Bullock is another player that can be a mentor to the younger guys such as Kevin Knox. Since entering the league last season as a ninth overall pick Knox has struggled.
The two-year, $8M contract Bullock signed is cheaper than most. His two-way play and high character personality could be valuable on next season’s team. To make it back to the New York Knicks next year, Bullock may still need to shoot a better percentage the rest of the way.