The last time basketball players Brice Johnson and Reggie Bullock were on the same team, North Carolina made it to the round of 32 in 2013. Since then, the former Tar Heels have seen their careers evolve in unexpected ways.
Bullock is in his fifth season in the NBA and has grown to be a consistent contributor for the Detroit Pistons. Johnson, of course, has struggled to enter the rotation during his time in the pros due to a variety of factors, including recurring injuries and a roster with a deep front court.
Having played only 12 games in his first two NBA seasons with the Los Angles Clippers, Johnson was involved in a massive trade on Monday night that sent him, Blake Griffin and Willie Reed to the Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a collection of draft picks.
In his limited minutes, Johnson averaged an unremarkable 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game in his first two seasons as a pro. While the beginning of Johnson’s professional career has been off to a rough start since being picked in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, there is still hope for the former All-American.
Heading to a situation where the majority of minutes in the front court will be logged by Griffin and Andre Drummond, Johnson will still have the opportunity to be a quality reserve for a potential playoff team, only having to compete with the likes of Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland for backup playing time.