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Tyler Ulis - PG, 5'10, 150
Phoenix Suns - Drafted 34th overall in 2016
       Date of birth: 01/05/1996
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 34th pick, 2016
     Out of: Kentucky
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right




Date
League
Transaction
2016 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 34th overall by Phoenix.
7th July, 2016 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed four year, $4 million contract with Phoenix. Included team option for 2019/20.
14th December, 2016 D-League Assigned by Phoenix to Northern Arizona Suns of the D-League.
15th December, 2016 D-League Recalled by Phoenix from Northern Arizona Suns of the D-League.
When: Where:
2014 - 2016 Kentucky (NCAA)
June 2016 - present Phoenix Suns (NBA)
From blog:


   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Tyler Ulis
PG, 5’10, 150lbs, 21 years old, 1 year of experience

Sported a near 3:1 assist to turnover ratio as a rookie, which is rare and very valuable. 444 points on 437 points speaks to the difficulties Ulis had as a scorer and will likely always have given his size, and he will perhaps need to shoot less often going forward. Even if he doesn’t, though, he is a sparkplug guard with great defensive energy, capable of big moments and big shots, and of being a great irritant defensively, who carries forth a lot of momentum after an excellent end to the season.

Player Plan: Three years of minimum salary remaining, with the 2017/18 salary guaranteed. Keep and play, for he has earned it.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 31st October 2017
2017-10-31

With Brandon Knight out for the year and Eric Bledsoe following him through the exit door, this duo [Ulis and Mike James] have all the Suns’ point guard minutes to themselves, and they look ready to take advantage.

James is getting the shots up, averaging 11.2 points on a variety of pull-ups and bankers, while Ulis is a pressing defender with the 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Both contribute in their own ways. But both contribute, and both are doing so for very cheap. It is hard to know which will shine on any given night, but one of them will, so either is a risk worth taking.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 29th November 2017
2017-11-29

Four of Ulis’s last six games have seen fantasy point outings of between 25 and 29.1 fantasy points, any of which would represent very good value at this price. The other two nights of 8.0 and 13.8 points, not so much. Yet even with the risk of those potentially poor nights taken into account, Ulis is currently a big minute starter, and producing like one, for the fantasy cost of merely a limited minute backup. He is probing the defence, getting to the rim, hunting his shot, and acknowledging when it isn’t there, all the while being aggressive and making quick, normally-good decisions. The bad start to the season seems to be behind him.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 26th November 2017
2017-11-26

Ulis won the starting point guard spot from the incumbent Mike James two weeks ago, despite James being amid a strong four game stretch at the time (15.3 points per game). Relegated to the role of bench guard scorer, James has since gone into the tank (31.1% shooting, dropping to 26.3% over the last six games), while Ulis has averaged 8.4 points, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game as a starter.

The basic numbers there for Ulis are in line with the numbers he put up from the bench, save for the massive improvement in his shooting efficiency. Moreover, though, the more advanced numbers speak to a +10.6 plus/minus rating as a starter versus -15.7 from the bench, and a -13 net rating as a starter. While still poor, this is a vast improvement on the -25 he posts from the bench.

Until such time as the Suns have a starting calibre point guard again, they will have to patch over the spot with the James/Ulis duo. And in starting Ulis, playing him alongside better offensive players, reining in his scoring responsibilities/tendencies and establishing him more as a pressure defender, ball handler and some-time slasher, they may have found the better way to balance the roster for now.

It does mean not to pick James any more, though.

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