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Analyst: Bullock top Triangle pick in coming NBA Draft

Posted June 25, 2013

The lead NBA Draft writer for Bleacherreport.com, Jonathan Wasserman, thinks North Carolina Tar Heel Reggie Bullock will be the first Triangle player to be selected Thursday in the 2013 NBA Draft (7 p.m. ESPN and 99.9 FM The Fan).

“(Reggie) Bullock is definitely on the rise right now,” Wasserman said. “He’s six-foot-seven, great size for an NBA wing. He’s athletic, can defend and (is) an elite three point shooter.”

The North Carolina guard averaged 13.9 points with a 43.6 three-point field goal percentage, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his junior season. Wasserman said Bullock could go as high as 19th overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It’s not a very top-heavy draft,” Wasserman said Tuesday while joining The World’s Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz. “You probably won’t find any all-stars here in this draft.” Wasserman thinks the No. 1 overall pick will be Maryland center Alex Len. He added that a total of nine seven-foot players are projected to be drafted in the first round.

Duke center Mason Plumlee “could be a candidate to slide on draft day,” Wasserman said. “I think he is going to be a good player, but there’s just nothing that stands out about him.”

Wasserman believes Plumlee’s best case scenario is to be taken 12th by the Oklahoma City Thunder but realistically see him falling to the late first round. Plumlee averaged 17.1 points with a 59.9 percent field goal percentage and 10 rebounds in his senior season with the Blue Devils.

North Carolina State’s C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown decided to skip their senior seasons to enter the NBA Draft. The decision might be questionable since most experts project both as fringe first-round picks.

“I am little skeptical of C.J. Leslie,” Wasserman said. He questioned Leslie’s ability to transition from a true power forward to the three spot on an NBA roster. Wasserman compared Leslie to the Charlotte Bobcats’ Hakim Warrick. Leslie averaged 15.1 points with a 51.9 field goal percentage and 7.4 rebounds in his junior season.

Wasserman projects Brown will go in the top half of the second round, but his best case scenario is the 25-30 range.

“People are going to view him as a back-up point guard,” Wasserman said. “His one knock, so far, has been he is not a natural point guard. They are saying he’s got to work on facilitating and getting his teammates involved.” Brown averaged 12.4 points with a 41.9 field goal percentage, 7.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his junior season.

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  • JACKSON SAWYER Jun 28, 2013

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    BEING 7 FOOT WILL BE ENOUGH-

  • 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock Jun 27, 2013

    Lots of UNC trolls eating crow tonight...

  • 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock Jun 26, 2013

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    Oh, it bothers u.If it really bothered me, I'd really show signs that I was bothered....like make up and post really longwinded posts using multiple fake ids....

  • vampireswaiting Jun 26, 2013

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    Oh, it bothers u.
    Why didn't you voice your concerns about the trollish posts a couple pages back about Mason Plumlee?
    - Posted by 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock

    I'm beginning to think you and kmoron work at the same place...No Place. Let's see on here from 8 am to 1 am posting one comment after another, searching the internet all day long for negative UNC stories, on twitter all day long. I would say you too are unemployed living at home with mommy.

  • kmor2013 Jun 26, 2013

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    even more than KI?

  • itsnotmeiswear Jun 26, 2013

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    Great college player, but he is not fast enough to play the SG in the NBA. His speed may have been limited due to his injury, but I've not heard anything about that being resolved. I got the impression that it was something chronic.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jun 26, 2013

    One player we seem to be forgetting is Seth Curry. Now, he ain't no Dell Curry or Stephen Curry. But he will be a decent NBA player. I think Reggie will be better than Seth only because Reggie is bigger and plays better defense. But I would rather have Seth Curry than any other Duke player in the past 5 years.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jun 26, 2013

    Bullock should be drafted the highest of these players, and I expect him to do well at the next level. He is also the most ready to play now. Plumblee could be starting after a couple of years with some good big man coaching. I believe he did what K wanted him to do, but not all he was capable of doing. Leslie's situation will all depend on the organization. I'll guess that he will be in Europe for a couple of years to gain some maturity. Nothing wrong with making a million and learning another lanquage. He certainly has the talent for the NBA.

    I believe Brown is a sleeper that might wake up. In the right situation as a backup point guard, he could learn to use his talents to compete and focus at a much higher level. It would not surprise me at all to see him as a starting point in the NBA after about 4 years.

  • bcsutton1 Jun 26, 2013

    Mr. Wasserman must have changed his mind real quick. As of Monday, he had Mason Plumlee at #18 and Reggie Bullock at #31 in the Bleacher Report's Mock Draft

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1678508-nba-mock-draft-2013-full-round-1-and-2-predictions#/articles/1678508-nba-mock-draft-2013-full-round-1-and-2-predictions/page/32

  • kmor2013 Jun 26, 2013

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    god it is so easy to catch you guys.....it still amazes me how much the truth still hurts you guys after all these years....tisk tisk tisk.

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