Dallas Mavericks position battle to watch during training camp: 4. Bullock vs. THJ
Fans forget that Tim Hardaway Jr. opened last season as a starter on the wing over Reggie Bullock after being the Mavericks' second-leading scoring in the 2021 playoffs. It goes to show fans how quickly things can change in 365 days and over the course of one season.
THJ struggled last season before suffering a season-ending foot injury in January. He shot just 39.4 percent from the field and connected on 33.6 percent of his 3-pointers, and there were a ton of factors that contributed to his struggles. The NBA switched to a new ball last season, and THJ was playing under a new coaching staff on a team that struggled to adjust. Hardaway Jr. was hurt by the time the team found their stride.
Bullock was shooting just 38.0 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three when THJ went down. From that moment on the 6’6 wing cemented himself in the starting five by playing stout perimeter defense and knocking down shots. Head coach Jason Kidd barely took Bullock off the floor in the playoffs because he was so important to the team’s success.
Reggie Bullock enters the 2022-23 season as the favorite to start, but Tim Hardaway Jr. is more than capable of playing his way into that role at some point this season.