Last year, Tomas Satoransky was struggling to receive playing time. But then John Wall missed nearly half the season due to knee surgery. Satoransky stepped up and filled Wall’s shoes.
In a column by Candace Buckner of The Washington Post, Bradley Beal mentioned that Satoransky “earned every minute he’s given.” And for Satoransky himself, he noted that he feels “more ready to play as a wing for a lot of minutes” than he was in the past.
In the three games he started since the start of December (which are all wins by the way), Satoransky is averaging 8 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. He is also averaging nearly 30 minutes per game after averaging 15.7 minutes per game in November and 13 minutes per game in October.
At this point, one cannot simply say that Sato’s high efficiency as a starter comes from a small sample size. He played very well with the Wizards when Wall was out. And this season, athe has shown the potential to play with Wall in the lineup, though I will admit that the sample size there is still small.
At the end of the day, great players with high basketball IQ can find a way to make the best of their situations. Satoransky showed that last season as the Wizards’ starting point guard whenever Wall couldn’t make it and even this season as a wing player. Given that, Satoransky should be a starter going forward. It’s the best way for the Wizards to make the most use of him while he is on the court.