Ulis underwent minor right ankle surgery on Wednesday and is expected to fully return to basketball activities in approximately 12 weeks.
Ulis, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.5 assists across 39.4 minutes per game during the last 15 games of the season, apparently had been dealing with a minor ankle issue during the year. It seemingly isn't anything serious, though he's expected not to be able to participate in basketball activities for around three months as a result.
Ulis supplied a team-high 27 points (10-25 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go with six assists, four rebounds and one steal across 35 minutes in a 129-104 loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
With backcourt mate Devin Booker (rest) sitting out the season finale, Ulis saw even more volume than usual on the offensive end, putting up a career-high 25 shots. The lack of efficiency from the field took a bigger night off the table and prevented the game from being truly competitive, but it's still remarkable that Ulis, a second-round rookie, was given such ample responsibility. The 21-year-old was undoubtedly one of the top pickups over the final month of the season after the Suns elected to shut down both Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight, as he averaged 16.1 points, 8.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 39.4 minutes per game over the last 15 games, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. He'll see his playing time tail off to begin next season, but should be a mainstay in the rotation as Bledsoe's primary backup.
Ulis finished with 20 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds and one block across 33 minutes during Sunday's 124-111 victory over the Mavericks.
Sunday marked Ulis' first 20-point 10-assist game of his career. The 21-year-old out of Kentucky has taken on a massive workload since mid-March, averaging 15.0 points on 41.1 percent shooting, 8.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 40.2 minutes per game over the past 13 contests. With Ulis' role on the team likely set in stone for the remainder of the year, he makes for a quality pickup in many fantasy formats, capable of a double-double on any given night.
Ulis produced a career-high 34 points (15-22 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists and one steal over 45 minutes in Sunday's 123-116 loss to the Rockets.
Ulis was out there for virtually the entire game and parlayed the opportunity into a spectacular performance. The 2016 second-round pick took his most shot attempts since March 19 and also drained a career-high amount of three-pointers despite often being matched up against the normally stingy defense of Patrick Beverley. Ulis continues to display excellent ball distribution skills as well, as Sunday's assist total marked his fourth time in the last five games with at least nine dimes. The former Kentucky Wildcat has handsomely rewarded owners who were savvy enough to nab him off the wire earlier in the season.
Ulis pitched in with 11 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists and three rebounds over 38 minutes in Saturday's 130-117 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Ulis continues to see an abundance of playing time, with Saturday's game marking his fourth straight with well over 35 minutes. The 21-year-old's inefficiency with his shot is preventing him from generating even better production, as he's now posted a success rate from the floor of 37.5 percent or lower in six of his last eight games. The 2016 second-round pick has made up for it with excellent returns in the assists column, however, and has also offered serviceable numbers in rebounds and steals.
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