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

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Reggie Bullock is still bringing the defense for the Dallas Mavericks

Head coach Jason Kidd has preached defense since joining the Mavs in the summer of 2021, and it helped them reach the conference finals last season. They held the Jazz to 100 or fewer points in four of six games in the first-round playoff series before limiting the Suns to their three lowest-scoring games of the year to upset the top seed.

Bullock is still a plus on the defensive end of the floor by nearly every metric. His defensive box score plus-minus is 0.5, and he created 0.3 defensive win shares in the first 12 games. There are no easy nights either. According to NBA Stats, three of the five players he matched up against most are Kyrie Irving, CJ McCollum, and Devin Booker. Bullock draws an elite scorer every night, and he is still producing.

His defense will keep him on the floor and in the starting lineup. Once the shots start falling, expect Bullock’s minutes to rise because head coach Jason Kidd values defense, especially when the games matter most. Look no further than last season when Bullock averaged 28.0 minutes per game during the regular season before playing 39.3 a night in the playoffs.

Reggie Bullock is not playing his best basketball right now, but should the Dallas Mavericks be at all worried?