I don’t care how short Tyler Ulis is. I wouldn’t care if Ulis still sits on a booster seat on the team bus. The Phoenix Suns got an absolute steal when they drafted the 5’9 general and former college teammate of their future All-Star Devin Booker with the 34th pick. I’m not just saying this because Ulis is a former Ballislife All-American, I’m saying this because I’ve been watching him destroy “bigger” competition for years, while also watching 5’9 Isaiah Thomas become a NBA All-Star and a bunch of tall players get drafted in the first round and disappear faster than a Ulis crossover.
On Saturday against the Blazers, Ulis made his NBA debut, racked up 11 points (3-4 fg, 5-6 ft), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals in just 27 minutes and basically said “size ain’t shit (shout out to Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys) when he pushed 6’10 Noah Vonleh after Vonleh pushed Booker.
Here’s what happened according to Vonleh, who finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
“I went to set a pin-down screen on (Devin Booker) and he kind of tried to run through my chest, so we got caught up and I just tried to push him off.”
Besides this little scuffle, star-of-the-game Booker had a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists…and a surprising 4 of 7 from the charity stripe!
Oh well, I don’t expect to see Booker struggle at the line much this season; I do expect to see a lot of this from the former UK duo in Phoenix.
And I do expect a lot of basketball fans to say, “why did our team pass on Tyler Ulis again?”