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Tyler Ulis one of the five “safest” picks in the NBA Draft

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You don’t have to convince Kentucky fans that Tyler Ulis is one of the smartest and safest picks in the NBA Draft. Over his two years in Lexington, Ulis made believers out of everyone, and he’s made a believer out of Huffington Post sports columnist Jordan Schultz as well. Yesterday, Schultz named Ulis one of the five “safest” picks in the draft, along with Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, and Cal’s Jaylen Brown.

What constitutes a “safe” pick, according to Schultz? A player whose skill set transitions well to the NBA game and doesn’t require more development than expected. Here’s why Ulis is the perfect example:

Ulis, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year, offers a sudden burst of explosive ability and creativity at the point guard position. At 5 feet 9 inches, his lack of size will always be a question mark, but his quick hands and surprising strength help compensate. Despite his high usage rate, Ulis rarely turns the ball over and almost always makes the correct basketball play. Whether he becomes a starter or third guard, we can expect the 20-year-old to enjoy a productive NBA career. Very few prospects can run an offense as efficiently.

Some NBA teams are reportedly waffling on Ulis because of his size and an alleged hip injury, but as someone who’s watched him play for two years, I totally agree with Schultz on this one. Whoever takes Ulis isn’t only making a “safe” decision, they’re making the right one.


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6 Comments for Tyler Ulis one of the five “safest” picks in the NBA Draft

  1. inside info2
    11:21 am June 21, 2016 Permalink

    It just boggles my mind that anyone can still doubt Ulis. When he was recruited, everyone said, “well it’s nice I guess that Cal is going to have a point guard that will play 4 years.” Ulis should have started his freshman year and probably could have left for the draft then. He is an AMAZING player that is going to make the right team very happy.

  2. jonthes
    11:38 am June 21, 2016 Permalink

    Tyler is the best player in the draft. Whoever gets him will get one of the biggest bargains in the history of the NBA. Wait and see.

    • Kentuckyhomegrown
      12:36 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink


  3. J-Dub421
    11:41 am June 21, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t know that I would consider Jaylen Brown a “safe” pick, seems like he has high bust potential. He could be really good, and is very athletic, but his shooting is suspect, he doesn’t seem like a leader, and he seems to not like the spotlight.

    • Kentuckyhomegrown
      12:37 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

      not like the spotlight? If thats a criticism you are using against a kid after we criticize kids who are always in the spotlight, then you are an idiot

    • J-Dub421
      12:48 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

      Way to hand pick the least important part of my comment and try to make it look like the most important part. Keep trolling Louisville fan.