June 5, 1967 |
Des Moines, Iowa
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa)|
|NBA draft||1990 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,270 (5.3 ppg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Matthew Gordon Bullard (born June 5, 1967) is an American retired basketball player in the NBA, who went undrafted after graduating from the University of Iowa in 1990. He went to Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Bullard played nine seasons with the Houston Rockets (1990–94, 1996–2001) and one season each with both the Atlanta Hawks (1995–96) and the Charlotte Hornets (2001–02). He also played in the 1994-95 season for the Greek League power PAOK. He has career averages of 5.3 points and two rebounds per game. He was known affectionately in Houston as "Air Bullard" in part for his ability to get extreme height on his three-point shots (due to his height at 2.08 m, 6 ft 10 in) and partly as good-natured ribbing about his poor vertical jump, but Bullard was also a fan favorite and an essential part to Houston's first championship in the mid '90s.
In 2004, Bullard lost to Dee Brown on the ESPN reality television program Dream Job in the finals as they competed for a coveted sports analyst position on the sports network. When asked about losing to Dee Brown, Bullard remarked "at least it wasn't Pete Chilcutt". He and Clyde Drexler share color commentating duties for local Houston Rockets game telecasts alongside long-time play-by-play man Bill Worrell.