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Daily Digits: How unselfish too unselfish for Tomas Satoransky?

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Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how it affects the product on the court.

Today’s stat is Tomas Satoransky’s usage rate (an estimate of the percentage of possessions a player uses while on the floor) last season, which was...

13.3%

Of the 195 players who played at least 1500 minutes last season, only nine had a lower usage percentage than Tomas Satoransky and none of them were tasked with running the offense as often as he was.

Last season, Satoransky’s deference worked because it meant the ball was in Bradley Beal and Otto Porter’s hands more often, which is just what the team needed to keep the team afloat when John Wall missed time last season.

If Wall can stay healthy this season, Satoransky will need to take a different approach this season on the second unit. He can’t afford to sit idly by as Austin Rivers and Jeff Green take all the shots. He’s going to need to take on a bigger scoring role to lighten the load for everyone else.

Problem is, Satoransky only had a 12.4 percent usage rate in the preseason, which would indicate he’s trending in the wrong direction as the Wizards get ready to start the regular season. While his unselfish ways can be a good thing in certain situations, he isn’t doing the team any favors if he’s giving the team’s most inefficient scorers more opportunities to be inefficient.