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 they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the percentage of possessions Tomas Satoransky used while on the floor in Friday’s win over the Bucks, which was...
Satoransky’s whole M.O. is trying to do a lot with a little. He’s never posted a usage rate over 14 percent for a season, which is remarkably low — one could argue too low — for someone who sets up the offense as often as he does.
He’s only played three games in his career where he’s played over 25 minutes and posted a usage rate over 20 percent. One came early in his rookie year against the Bulls in a game where John Wall and Bradley Beal were both out. One came last season when he had 19 points and 7 assists to help the Wizards pick up a 117-113 overtime win over the Heat. The most recent one came Friday when he posted his first career triple-double in arguably the most assertive and most impressive game of his career.
Certainly, it helped that the Bucks didn’t have Giannis Antetokounmpo to help on Friday, but that shouldn’t take away from Satoransky’s performance. Milwaukee has still defended quite well without Giannis this season. They’ve held opponents to 101.9 points per 100 possessions this season without him on the floor, which is a better mark than the Thunder — the league’s top-ranked defense — has posted this season.
Playing more of an attacking role may not come naturally to Satoransky, but Friday’s game should give him more confidence that he can take a more assertive role at times without hurting his own effectiveness or the team’s in the process.