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Should the Dallas Mavericks be worried about Reggie Bullock’s struggles?

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The Dallas Mavericks have had an up-and-down start to the 2022-23 season. They are 7-5 with two wins over the Brooklyn Nets and a 41-point blowout victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Dallas has blown two massive leads, and lost some games to inferior competition, but after reaching the conference finals last season, fans should be more focused on the team’s play than the results early in the season.

The Mavs are in the top ten in both offensive and defensive rating, and they have the sixth-best net rating in the NBA on the morning of Nov. 14. Luka Doncic has been unstoppable, and the team is a few lucky bounces away from being 10-2. It has not been all sunshine for the Mavericks, though.

JaVale McGee opened the season in the starting five, but he quickly played his way out of the role. His slow start quickly transformed into an issue that saw him benched for Dwight Powell. Is Reggie Bullock next? The 6’6 wing barely came off the floor in the postseason, but he has struggled mightily to begin the new season. Here is a look at how, the concern level, and what he is still doing.

Reggie Bullock is not knocking down shots for the Dallas Mavericks

Bullock’s numbers are not pretty after 12 games. He has started every time out but is averaging 4.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.2 steals in 28.7 minutes per game. The steals would be a career-high, but Bullock is shooting just 29.7 percent from the field and 29.4 percent on his 3-point tries.

The 31-year-old wing is a catch-and-shoot option that is making just 30.6 percent on those attempts to start the year. 41 of his 51 3-point shots this season have been classified as wide-open by NBA Stats, but Bullock has connected on just 10 or 26.8 percent. The looks are there, and they are just not falling for the 6’6 wing.

Should the team and their fans be panicked about Reggie Bullock’s start? Here is a look at why it furthers a trend throughout his career.

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