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Former UNC star Reggie Bullock making most of NBA summer league

LAS VEGAS Former North Carolina swingman Reggie Bullock is on the verge of becoming the latest Kinston native to play in the NBA, joining Jerry Stackhouse, Charles Shackleford, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell and Mitchell Wiggins, whose son, Andrew, is expected to be the top pick in next year’s draft.

The 6-foot-7 Bullock, drafted by the Clippers, rarely deviates from his strengths during NBA Summer League play: shooting and defense.

“When I come into a game,” Bullock said, “I’m not going to do anything out of the ordinary that people haven’t really seen. They know I’m a shooter, they know I like playing ‘D’ and I just like winning basketball games.

“I’m not going to be ball-hogging or taking so many shots or anything like that.”

Bullock has averaged a team-high 16 points in the Clippers’ first three summer league games while making 17 of 43 (39.5 percent) shots, including seven of 24 (29.2 percent) 3-pointers.

His shooting percentages were significantly higher before he made five of 16 shots against the Lakers, concluding a wobbly-legged stretch of three games in four days.

“He can catch and shoot, he can come off pindowns and shoot, he competes on defense and he’s a good young kid, so I like him a lot,” said Tyronn Lue, the Clippers’ summer league coach.

In the Clippers’ summer league opener, Bullock stood up from the bench and clapped after Scott Wood, a sharpshooter at rival N.C. State, made a 3-pointer.

“Just getting to know him better as a person and how he acts off the court just really makes you appreciate him,” Wood said.

Bullock had his own cheering section in that game, drawing chants of “Reg-gie! Reg-gie!” after he made a 3-pointer and again after he blocked a shot.

“That was pretty cool to be able to come from college and seeing the Clippers play on TV and actually hearing their fans chant your name; it was a special moment for me,” Bullock said. “But at the same time I’m humble, and I’m going to continue to work.”

Around the league

Milwaukee: The Bucks have signed free agents Carlos Delfino and Zaza Puchulia.

Terms were not disclosed.

Toronto: The Raptors have agreed to buy out center Marcus Camby’s contract and place him on waivers.

Associated Press

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