3. Reggie Bullock
I've spilled a good amount of digital ink on the fact that the Rockets need shooting. And rightfully so, as they ranked last in shooting in 2022-23- to the tune of 32.7 percent from deep.
The Rockets didn't add any snipers during their free agent spending spree and lost their best shooter from last season in Kevin Porter Jr. I've drawn up trades that would address this problem- even ones that would work with Victor Oladipo's expiring salary.
The Rockets signed Reggie Bullock prior to the start of the preseason- a 38 percent shooter for the Dallas Mavericks last season and a career 38.4 percent from deep through his 10-year NBA career. Nabbing a player with that shooting proficiency to a $3.19 million veteran-minimum deal was pretty good, especially for a team with the shooting woes of the Rockets.
However, Bullock didn't quite flash any semblance of shooting ability in the five preseason games he played in for the Rockets, as he went 1-for-8 from deep- good for a measly 12.5 percent. Bullock's preseason showing was memorable for one reason only: being put on a Victor Wembanyama highlight reel.
Bullock operated as Jalen Green's reserve during the preseason, which is a role that could be doled out to rookie Cam Whitmore, who flashed potential on the defensive end, which was certainly noticed by Udoka. Whitmore's ability to switch on defense was a pleasant surprise, and he can provide a sparkplug off the bench offensively.
Granted, he's not known to be a stellar shooter and he's developed a knack for chucking shots, but each of these are things that can be changed. Regardless, if the preseason is any indication of what the Rockets will get from Bullock, they'd be better off giving those minutes to Whitmore.