Typically, you wouldn’t expect a second round draft choice to have a significant, immediate impact on their team. As Kentucky fans, we’ve seen guys with palpable hype and great expectations take their shot at the NBA, only to wallow in the D-League, never really finding their stride.
But we also know Tyler Ulis, an exception to a lot of rules.
Ulis was the 34th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, a position without guarantees. Some other players who were drafted at the 34 spot: Armon Johnson, Nick Fazekas, and Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Yes, those are real people.
But so far, Tyler seems to be doing everything in his power to stand out from his illustrious company at the 34 spot. Nothing jumps off the page if you look at Ulis’ season-long stats: 6.7 points and 3.6 assists at 17.9 minutes per game. But those figures are misleading.
In his last 10 games, Ulis is averaging 14.6 points per game and 7.9 assists at a whopping 40.1 minutes per game. If you only look at games in April, he’s actually at 19.3 PPG. I’m sure most NBA franchises would love to have that kind of production on their payroll at a measly $543,000. With Ulis, “more bang for your buck” is an understatement.
The Suns host the Dallas Mavericks at 6:00 PM tonight. Let’s hope Tyler keeps showing just how much he’s really worth.
(Statistics courtesy of ESPN.com)