It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for the backup forward Reggie Bullock. He has only been seen on the court for 41 minutes in four games. Bullock has been dealing with consecutive injuries and just can’t find a way to be healthy.
First, it was back spasms in late October.
— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) October 28, 2016
When November rolled around, Bullock had put in some time practicing, but his spasms wouldn’t permit him to play.
Reggie Bullock practiced Monday but reported discomfort today with back spasms. He'll be inactive tonight vs NYK
— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) November 1, 2016
On November fourth, a new injury for Bullock. This time it is a hip pointer.
Reggie Bullock sat out practice again today for #Pistons. Hip pointer this time. "He's not having a lot of luck," SVG says.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) November 4, 2016
On November 11th, Bullock finally put in a full practice and looked good-to-go. A week later (November 18
A week later (November 18th), he came on to the court for the first time and played eight minutes. He would put in three healthy games then disaster struck against the Miami Heat on the 23rd of November. In the second quarter, Bullock went down.
Reggie Bullock left game in 2Q with lower left leg injury, #Pistons confirm. He will not return.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) November 24, 2016
The injury was his lower left leg “I don’t know the final thing here, but we’ll have to find out,” Van Gundy said. “It’s too bad. The guy just got back to playing, and we’ll see what happens.”
Just two days later, Reggie Bullock and the rest of the Detroit Pistons found out that he was dealing with a torn meniscus that will keep him on the shelf for at least the next two-to-four months, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Even though Bullock rarely played starter’s minutes he was always in the rotation. In his four games played he was averaging 10.5 minutes per game where he scored four points and grabbed 1.3 rebounds per contest. Last season, he was involved in 37 games and played 11.6 minutes on average. He would score 3.3 points and secure 1.8 rebounds per game.
This once budding star has not seen things go his way. For instance, in high school, he became a McDonald’s All-American. Recruited by North Carolina, he would stay three seasons with the Tar Heels, being named second-team All-ACC after his junior year. He would leave to the NBA in 2013 becoming the Los Angeles Clippers 25th selection of the draft.
It only took the Clippers 43 games to dispatch Bullock through trade to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns enjoyed his services for 11 games before trading him in July of 2015 to the Detroit Pistons. Three teams in four seasons and two trades are not the stuff of legends.
The Pistons will now turn to Marcus Morris and Darrun Hilliard. Stanley Johnson put himself out when he violated team rules. He has 42 minutes of playing time in the last ten games. Another interesting situation is the return of Reggie Jackson. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has filled his spot and has played well enough to keep starter minutes. On the season, he has averaged 14.9 points to go along with 3.0 assists per game. Caldwell-Pope is also shooting .417 from the field, .825 and .381 beyond the arc. He should be considered in all leagues.