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Mavericks need Reggie Bullock to start knocking down shots

Dallas Mavericks, Reggie Bullock
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The Dallas Mavericks swung on miss on the marquee free agents over the summer, but their prime acquisition was Reggie Bullock on a three-year deal worth $30 million. The 6’6 wing was a starter in New York last season where he shot 41.0 percent from 3-point range and was asked to guard Trey Young in the playoffs. Dallas jumped at the chance to put a plus-defender and floor spacer around superstar Luka Doncic.

It has been a rocky start for Bullock with the Mavericks. Through 15 games, he is averaging just 6.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game, while shooting just 37.1 percent from the field. Bullock has struggled on both ends of the floor and currently ranks dead last on the Mavs in value over replacement player (VORP).

Dallas needs more from their prime free-agent acquisition, and it starts with just making shots. Bullock has connected on just 29.2 percent of his 65 3-point attempts thus far after shooting 40.0 percent on 1,309 tries over the previous six seasons combined. What has changed and why is he struggling?

Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock to start knocking down shots

Bullock’s per-minute 3-point attempts are down slightly from last season, and the distribution of where he is taking them from is relatively the same. The 30-year-old just is not connecting. He has his worst effective field goal percentage since 2015.

Shooting is down across the league after a significant rule change, having fans back in arenas, and the switch to Wilson balls, but things are starting to come back. Bullock’s 3-point marksmanship is not. He is two for 17 in his last five games combined.

What should fans make of Reggie Bullock’s shooting with the Dallas Mavericks, and will it improve? Let us take a closer look.