The New York Knicks have multiple players preparing to hit the open market this off-season, and one of them is small forward and shooting guard Reggie Bullock, who had a solid season in New York this past year.
Bullock served a purpose as an everyday starter, averaging 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and shot 44% from the field. Over 6.1 attempts from three per game, he connected on 41%, a solid average, which unfortunately disappeared during the playoffs. He is a decent defender that offers more as a primary shooter and complementary piece to Julius Randle and the point guard position.
However, the Knicks could look to upgrade this off-season with a player like Miami’s Duncan Robinson, who is three years younger and is coming off one of his best campaigns. He has established himself as one of the best shooters in the NBA off the perimeter, averaging 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and a 44% success rate from the field. From range, he shot 41% over 8.5 attempts per game, an even better clip than Bullock, considering his increased volume.
Robinson is a restricted free agent this off-season, and it is likely he gains a significant offer sheet that Miami simply won’t be able to match unless they allow Kendrick Nunn to walk.
A few other impressive stats to consider is that 85% of the shots this past year were from three, according to Cleaning The Glass. Clearly, he’s viewed as a primary sharpshooter, and with potential left to be realized at 27, he would be a fantastic investment for the Knicks over the long term.
Alternatively, retaining Bullock could also be a solution to the void, as he signed a two-year, $14 million deal that expired after the Knicks were booted from the playoffs.
There is the belief that Robinson could earn upwards of $20 million per season based on his potential, but it is unlikely he reaches that number. Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic estimates that he could earn a similar contract to Joe Harris – four years, $72 million. That would have him earning $18 million per, a bit less than what Julius Randle made this past season.
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