Last season, Reggie Bullock was the breakout player for the Detroit Pistons that came out of nowhere. After serving a suspension for the first 5 games of the season due to violating the NBA’s drug policy, the 5th-year swingman returned to a role off the bench. When Stanley Johnson went down with an injury, Bullock was inserted into the starting lineup and he did not look back. He went on to average a career-high 11.3 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Those numbers are not special by any means, but they came from a player whose previous career-high in points was 4.5 per game.
Reggie Bullock was second in the league among qualified players last season in three-point percentage, hitting 45.5 percent of his attempts. It came on 4.5 attempts per game, so it isn’t just small sample size noise. Reggie Bullock had always been a solid player who just needed playing time to get into a rhythm with his shot. He finally got that last year and has molded himself into one of the best 3-point shooters in the league. Not even the most optimistic of people saw the breakout that Bullock had last season coming and he is now one of the best value contracts in the league, as he will make only $2.5 million next season (per Spotrac).
That last sentence is key, because the Pistons need cheap players that can contribute at a high level due to their salary commitments to Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. That is why we are going to take a look at some of the Pistons young players who are most likely to breakout next season. They may not make quite the jump that Reggie Bullock did, but if any one of these players can, the Pistons will be in very good shape. Here are the potential breakout candidates, in no particular order.
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