Former Knicks taking pictures guard Reggie Bullock took somewhat dig at his former group’s prospects of enhancing upon final 12 months’s 41-31 file throughout this weekend’s press convention, saying it was “a no brainer’’ to depart New York for the Dallas Mavericks.
Bullock was the Knicks’ beginning taking pictures guard this previous season, defended the opponent’s high perimeter participant and wound up averaging 10.9 factors whereas taking pictures a terrific 41-percent from 3-point vary. Bullock signed a mid-level exception deal for 3 years, $30.5 million.
“After I performed in opposition to the Mavericks final 12 months, I preferred the best way that they competed as a group,” Bullock stated. “They bought nice gamers, so it was a simple, no-brainer for me. Being with the Knicks final 12 months, we made it to the playoffs however I see [the Mavericks] as a group that’s taking that subsequent step to be within the postseason.’’
There’s a lot debate on how a lot the Knicks truly will enhance on their 41-31 clip. Las Vegas has them at an over-under of 42.5 wins — tied for eighth-most victories within the Jap Convention.
After ending tied fourth within the Jap Convention final season, the Knicks will attempt to substitute Bullock with Evan Fournier, who isn’t identified for his protection. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau known as Bullock the group’s “unsung hero.” Julius Randle, who typically discovered Bullock off double-teams, stated Friday that Bullock can be deeply missed.
“In relation to taking pictures the ball, that’s one factor that I satisfaction myself on, and clearly guarding the opposite group’s finest participant, or guarding whoever once I’m in,” Bullock stated. “I felt like that the skillset that I’ve was simple for me to have the ability to make this transfer to have the ability to come down and be round an awesome group, an awesome metropolis, and nice followers and simply deliver my sport right here.”
Dallas proprietor Mark Cuban felt Bullock can be a greater match as a “3 and D’’ man than Josh Richardson and kind an excellent tandem with Luka Doncic. Bullock transformed on 59 of 131 (45 p.c) nook 3-point makes an attempt final season and performed in 65 of 72 video games. Fournier performed 42 video games for Orlando and Boston.
The Knicks didn’t want to make use of cap area to re-sign Bullock as that they had his early Chook rights. In line with a supply, Bullock would have thought-about the Knicks had they agreed beforehand to a package deal, however they requested him to attend. That was not occurring.
The Knicks have upgraded offensively at level guard with Kemba Walker, however he solely performed 43 video games final season due to an arthritic knee. Knicks president Leon Rose hasn’t talked to the media to debate the Knicks’ offseason strikes. The final time Rose spoke to the media was 13 months in the past.