Bullock is expected to start opening night next Wednesday against the Nets, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bullock started 52 games for the Pistons last season in his 62 appearances, so it's not too much of a surprise that he'll be the opening night starter. Bullock saw 27.9 minutes per game and averaged 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Notably, he hit 2.0 threes per contest at 44.5 percent.
Bullock is coming a season filled with career-highs, making Detroit's decision far from a surprise and the $2.5 million option look like a bargain. Last season was filled with improvement for the former first-round pick, most noticeably a 44.5 percent mark from three, which was second in the NBA, making him an ideal component in today's offenses focused on spacing and the long ball. The question mark will be his ability to stay healthy after topping 60 games for the first time in his career after never playing more than 43 since his rookie season in the 2012-2013 campaign.
Undoubtedly, Bullock had his best season of his five year career as he set career highs in just about every statistical category. The former North Carolina guard is set to make $2.5 million during his final season of his two-year contract signed back in July 2017.
Bullock will be shut down for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Details on the injury are unclear, but with the Pistons officially eliminated from playoff contention, it makes sense to sit the 27-year-old for the final four games. Coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed that rookie Luke Kennard will move into the starting five in Bullock's place. Bullock will close what was by far his best NBA season with averages of 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes per game.
Bullock generated 16 points (6-14 G, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals across 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 win over the Knicks.
Bullock seemingly can be counted on for scoring in the mid-teens at a minimum each night and some serviceable complementary work in other categories. He wrapped up March with averages of 15.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists and has now drained multiple threes in 12 straight contests. The fifth-year veteran is enjoying a career year while getting his first extended opportunity in a starting role since being drafted in the first round by the Clippers in 2013.
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