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Laker Film Room: How Reggie Bullock’s shooting helps the Lakers

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The Lakers corrected some mistakes in the roster’s construction at the trade deadline, and Reggie Bullock should help them space the floor.

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The Lakers acquired Reggie Bullock in exchange for Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second round pick prior to the trade deadline, trading in a potential sniper for a current one.

Bullock shoots 40 percent on 5.8 catch-and-shoot threes per game, and 38.8% overall, giving the Lakers the type of high-end shooter they’ve desperately needed.

Lakers on Catch-and-Shoot 3’s (minimum 100 attempts)

  1. Reggie Bullock.....................40.0% (5.8 attempts per game)
  2. Lance Stephenson...............37.9% (1.9)
  3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope...35.7% (3.8)
  4. Mike Muscala.......................34.9% (4.1)
  5. Josh Hart..............................34.5% (3.6)
  6. Kyle Kuzma...........................32.5% (5.2)
  7. Lonzo Ball.............................31.8% (3.2)

Let’s take a closer look at how he gets his shots:

Bullock has one of the quickest releases in the game, so he only needs to be open for a split second to get his shot off.

The biggest challenge that Bullock will face is the difference in schemes between the Lakers and the Pistons. Detroit often ran him off of slice and flex cuts — going from sideline to sideline — whereas the Lakers use more stagger screens and pin downs, where their shooters start the play in the corner.

There is a difference in the type of footwork required to square up to the basket, which means that Bullock’s work off of screens in Detroit may not be entirely translatable. The Pistons also ran him off of a lot of handoffs with Blake Griffin, which the Lakers don’t do very often with LeBron James.

Despite schematic differences, Reggie Bullock addresses a glaring deficiency in the Lakers roster and gives LeBron the type of player that he’s always thrived alongside. Bullock should receive significant minutes right away as the Lakers make their attempt at a playoff run.

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