Grading the Dallas Mavericks 2021 offseason: Add Bullock
The Mavs' biggest addition of the offseason turned out to be Reggie Bullock. The 6’6 wing signed a three-year deal worth $30 million to come to Dallas after starting on the wing for the New York Knicks last season. Bullock shot 41.0 percent from 3-point range and plays above average perimeter defense.
The Mavs lack of defensive wings was on full display against the Clippers in the playoffs. They pivoted to starting Boban Marjanovic and going massive because coach Rick Carlisle ran out of options to try to slow down Kawhi Leonard and LA on the perimeter. Getting a 6’6 wing that can provide plus defense is significant for Dallas.
Bullock is not the perfect fit. The 30-year-old does not offer passing or playmaking ability, but he should be a solid 3-and-D wing for the Dallas Mavericks on a value contract.
It is easy to knock this grade lower when viewing it as Dallas wanted a star player and ended up with Bullock, but the 6’6 wing improves their roster. The Mavericks needed a 3-and-D wing that can guard multiple positions, and Bullock's ability to defend at the point of attack could give Dallas a significant boost. The Mavs gets a B for signing Reggie Bullock with upside for this grade to rise if plays his best basketball flanking Luka Doncic in Dallas.