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Tyler Ulis: What A Steal


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.

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Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

13 Comments for Tyler Ulis: What A Steal

  1. scwhite9
    5:24 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

    I hope he keeps it up so he can get the pay he deserves.

    • MasterBurglar
      5:50 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

      I have no doubts that he will get what he earns and deserves.


  2. donjohnson
    6:24 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

    He is only playing because the suns are tanking. It’s meaningless games. It’s easy to play with no pressure in games that don’t matter. Why does this site put him on a pedestal. He is the worst guard since Cal arrived expect Ryan harrow

    • FlySoup
      6:34 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with your first point. These are meaningless games and he wouldn’t even be playing if the suns weren’t trying to tank. I don’t agree with the second point. He’s much better than many other guards that have been here since Cal got here like Dodson, Goodwin, and Mulder, for example.

    • donjohnson
      8:24 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

      Obviously he is better than back up guards. I’m talking about starting pg’s. They act like he is the best player in the cal era. It’s just frustrating that they put him on a pedestal because he is small. He was a really good college player at uk. That will be the highlight of his basketball career. He cannot guard nba starting pg’s due to height and size. He is playing against mostly reserves right now because of the time of year and most teams are resting players or tanking. We know he can play against lesser size and talent. This is nothing new

    • bdmnky81
      9:02 am April 10, 2017 Permalink

      Naw, im pretty sure the highlight of his career is playing in the NBA, making more in one year than most of us in 20. But keep throwing out your searing hot takes, maybe ksr will notice and hire you haha

    • pancakesfordinner
      8:53 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

      While it is true that most teams are resting players, this is good news for Tyler. He’s getting great experience, and is in the same position Isiah Thomas was when he was with the Kings. Thomas was a 5-9 point guard that no one considered a viable NBA player, but he’s leading the Celtics who are currently #2 in the East (were #1 a few days ago). Here is Thomas’s career stats:

      GP GS Min |FG%|30%|FT%|RPG|APG|SPG|BPG|PPG
      2011—12 Sacramento 65 37 25.5 .448 .379 .832 2.6 4.1 .8 .1 11.5
      2012—13 Sacramento 79 62 26.9 .440 .358 .882 2.0 4.0 .8 .0 13.9
      2013—14 Sacramento 72 54 34.7 .453 .349 .850 2.9 6.3 1.3 .1 20.3
      2014—15 Phoenix 46 1 25.7 .426 .391 .872 2.4 3.7 1.0 .1 15.2
      2014—15 Boston 21 0 26.0 .411 .345 .861 2.1 5.4 .6 .0 19.0
      2015—16 Boston 82 79 32.2 .428 .359 .871 3.0 6.2 1.1 .1 22.2

      As far as whether he was better than UK guards in the Cal Era, yes, he was better than Andrew harrison as a floor leader, Ryan Harrow, Briscoe, Goodwin, and Teague.

    • Alex90
      10:01 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

      Other teams are competing for playoff seeding so it’s not like they’re just allowing him to score. I would say most people would take hime over And. Harrison, Marquis Teague and Harrow. Knight isn’t that far ahead. Maybe KSR just wants to give recognition to the kid? If you watched 1 of his games at UK you would understand why KSR puts him on a pedestal. If it’s easy to play in these games go give it a shot bum

    • 4everblue
      11:54 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

      ” He is the worst guard since Cal arrived”…..That’s one of the if not THE most idiotic statements I’ve seen on here. Must be Yogi Ferrel’s mom trolling.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:10 am April 10, 2017 Permalink

      “worst guard since Cal arrived expect Ryan harrow”…????

  3. Catcasey1
    6:48 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

    What idiots

  4. dballrb
    9:12 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t ask for more than what Ulis brought to the game,a change of pace,speed and style keep teams on their heals.He’ll be getting a bump in pay soon and I’m sure he doesn’t care what anyone else says..Scoreboard, Paycheck..

  5. maximumscott
    9:51 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

    20 and 10 for him and the W