Start, Bench, Cut: Sorting out the small forward pecking order on the Spurs

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Bench: Reggie Bullock

San Antonio finished inside the bottom five in three-point percentage and had the worst defense in the association a season ago, but adding Reggie Bullock to the roster should help them make some strides in those departments. The 32-year-old journeyman has been a dependable role player for a handful of playoff teams throughout his career, and he should mesh well with this young core.

Bullock landed on the Spurs in a three-team trade with Dallas and Boston earlier this offseason, and he will likely come off the bench after spending the last six seasons as a full-time starter. Though his per-game numbers and shooting efficiency have slipped in recent years, the veteran might find more success spacing the floor and spearheading the defense for the second unit.

The 6-foot-6 forward has the footspeed, lateral mobility, and wingspan to defend multiple positions, and he covered All-Stars like Anthony Edwards, Trae Young, and Jayson Tatum on a nightly basis. His switchability makes him one of the most valuable pieces for the Silver and Black, and he could be the vocal leader that reinforces the importance of constant communication.

Brian Wright and the rest of the front office brass might not view Bullock as a long-term fixture of this organization. Regardless, his sharpshooting and rock-solid team defense should ensure he finds a spot in the regular rotation under Gregg Popovich. The legendary head coach holds effort and fundamentals in high esteem, and Reggie brings those traits to the table every time he suits up.