31 year-old Louis Bullock
can probably be viewed as the absolute best-case scenario for a high scoring American combo guard coming out of college. A graduate of Michigan in 2000, Bullock scored over 2,200 in his collegiate career (3rd all-time at Michigan), but saw all of his records eventually erased from the record books because of a long-lasting and well documented recruiting scandal. He was drafted with 42nd overall pick of the 1999 draft, but is still yet to ever play in an NBA game. Still, Bullock probably isnt sweating things, as he is currently in his 6th season playing in the Euroleague, in the second of a three year contract with Real Madrid, and is amongst the highest paid American players in all of Europe.
Bullock is a scorers deluxe, a super smooth 6-1 combo guard who can put the ball in the net in a variety of ways, but rarely forces the issue. Hes not the most athletic player youll find in the Euroleague, but is able to get to where he needs to on the floor thanks to his terrific timing, ability to change speeds, and his outstanding feel for the game.
His perimeter shooting is probably the strongest part of his game, as evidenced by the 52.4% he shoots from behind the arc. Per minute, Bullock is the most prolific 3-point shooter in the Euroleague, showing NBA range on his jumper, with beautiful mechanics, a quick release, and the ability to set his feet and square his shoulders as soon as he catches the ball. Bullock has a terrific mid-range game as well, and will absolutely kill anyone that dares go underneath a screen defending the pick and roll. He just knows how to go out and get shots for himself, and is rarely rattled by a defender trying to contest his shot. Bullock can also create extremely well for himself, showing outstanding ball-handling skills, combined with exceptional footwork and terrific hesitation moves, which gets him to the rim virtually whenever his team needs him to.
What separates Bullock from other combo guards is the fact that he lets the game come to him, playing at a speed that is unique only to him, and rarely if ever forcing the issue, as evidenced by his 1.2 turnovers per game. Hes also extremely unselfish, knowing when its time for him to step up and give his team offense, and when its time to step back and become more of a facilitator.
Defensively, Bullock is fairly average, as he possesses poor size for the shooting guard position, and is not particularly quick or long to compensate for that. He does put in a pretty solid effort, though, and is smart enough to know how to get the job done adequately enough. He is a very poor rebounder for his position, though, only pulling down 1.2 boards per game.
All in all, Bullock is the exact prototype of what European coaches look for from their American guard spot, a smooth, superb scoring combo who can fill it up in a hurry but can play within a system. Madrid hosts the Euroleague Final Four this year, and his team will look for him to help lead them there.