Tomas Satoransky and Otto Porter are two of the Washington Wizards’ recent alumni who we have seen grow over the past few years. They have grown into very good starting caliber players. But due to no fault of their own, they also became divisive figures within the Wizards fanbase.
In Porter’s case, he was criticized by some for being the Wizards’ highest paid player in the beginning of the 2018-19 season though he was generally a third option. Others noted that Porter never really had an opportunity to shine because John Wall and Bradley Beal were the primary options.
And in Satoransky’s case, many people criticized him for not being as aggressive driving to the hoop and shooting more among other things. Satoransky and Porter thrived in the “Everybody Eats” era of the Wizards (and since perfected by the Mystics), they are no longer here. Porter was traded to the Bulls last year and Satoransky signed with them as a free agent last summer.
So I thought it was worth our while to just see how the two would play together in their first regular season game as part of the Chicago Bulls starting lineup which features forward Lauri Markkanen.
The Bulls lost 126-125 with Markkanen scoring 35 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. As for Satoransky? He only scored 2 points and dished 3 assists before rookie point guard Coby White spelled him and scored 15 points off the bench. Porter scored just 9 points and played 19 minutes in an unremarkable performance.
Though Porter and Satoransky didn’t have the best starts to their 2019-20 seasons, I think they will have better performances as the season goes on.
The Wizards will play the Bulls for the first time this season on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Capital One Arena. It will be interesting to see how Sato performs in a potential “revenge game” though we ultimately want to see the Wizards come out victorious in the end.