How Julian Phillips saved his first season after being interrupted by injury

Phillips had his season cut short with a midfoot sprain.

During his first season in the NBA, rookie Julian Phillips suffered a season-ending foot injury. Phillips talked about how his freshman season went and the current condition of his leg.

CHICAGO — Julian Phillips turned heads during his rookie season with the Bulls, finding a place on the team as a dynamic player who can get to the rim and defend. He earned some minutes in Billy Donovan’s rotation, playing a season-high 28 minutes against the Mavericks in mid-March (also scoring a career-high 11 points in that game). Unfortunately, it only took him one game before his season was cut short due to a sprained right midfoot. At the NBA Draft Lottery in downtown Chicago, Phillips took to the stage to represent the Bulls and provide an update on his status ahead of an important offseason for his development.

“Things are much better now. I’m done with rehab,” Phillips said. “I’m back training, I’m doing everything I was doing, so it’s a lot better.”

Phillips’ height and size gave him the freedom to showcase his potential on both ends of the court for the Bulls. He appeared in a total of 40 games and finished the season averaging 2.2 points, rebounds and assists per game. Much of his work is complete statistical work, at times being an integral part of the Bulls’ defense. However, due to the shortened season, Phillips missed games that were important to his development. Experience is the best teacher for beginners and it is important to spend time watching his NBA games in real life.

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