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Why the Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back in the lineup

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Dallas Mavericks, Reggie Bullock
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Why Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back: 3. Shooting

Bullock is shooting just 34.5 percent from 3-point range on the season, but that is well below his career average of 38.4 percent. Since the start of the 2015-2016 season, RB has shot 40.0 percent from 3-point range and transformed into a 3-and-D wing that every team covets.

He has a quick release and his ability to knock down shots keeps defenders close to him. The threat of his shooting has gravity and opens more space for Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, and Spencer Dinwiddie to attack the rim.

The Mavs made 53 of their 141 3-point attempts or 37.6 percent during the four games Bullock missed, but he changes the game for Dallas. Shots at the rim get easier for the Mavericks or teams leave Bullock open and his quick release prevents them from closing out.

Since Jan. 1, the Mavericks' offensive rating with Bullock on the floor sits at 114.7 and dips to 108.1 with him on the bench. They have a positive 8.6 net rating when he plays and a negative-0.1 rating when RB sits. Dallas is a better team with Reggie Bullock on the floor, and they are excited to get him back in the lineup.