Over the summer, the Chicago Bulls had themselves a nice, quiet offseason in which they snagged quality guard Tomas Satoransky amongst a few other names. The Czech Republic native was acquired by Chicago via sign-and-trade and was granted a three-year, $30 million deal.
Satoransky completed last season as the starter for the Washington Wizards due to John Wall‘s season-ending Achilles injury. The guard assumed his new role with ease and excelled as the starter. In 54 games starting, Satoransky averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists while shooting 40 percent from three.
He also ranked 18th in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio with an average of 3.3 and largely contributed to the success of his team with a minimal usage rating of 12.4% a season ago.
Now, if you don’t know Tomas Satoransky, let me fill you in. He’s a 6’7″ versatile guard that can play and defend three positions on the court. Satoransky is one of the most efficient guards in the NBA on catch-and-shoot opportunities (39.7%). The Bulls will steadily improve on the offensive end with his unique basketball instincts. He’s a high IQ guy and an elite floor general with overlooked athleticism.
Tomas Satoransky is my favorite signing from the offseason. His ability to contribute on the floor with a low-usage percentage bodes well in a backcourt featuring Zach LaVine. Jim Boylen mentioned on Media Day that the staff would like to implement a multi-ball handler system this season with the hope to increase their offensive pace. With that being said, ball handling duties will be spread out, and it’s imperative that each player can still be effective without demanding the ball — especially the point guard.
Washington mistakenly under-appreciated Satoransky’s value and ultimately decided to ship him away. Jim Boylen and the Bulls will be able to utilize his talents effectively.
“The point guard competition is a healthy thing. It’s a positive thing for this team. It’s a good thing. The other thing is that we’re building a system where we’ll have a point guard but in a multi-ball handler system, everybody handles it and brings it up.” – Coach BoylenJim Boylen on the point guard competition
Tomas Satoransky also commented on the position battle.
“I love competition so this is great for me. A lot of guys are talented on this team, especially at the point guard position. For me it’s just great that I can get better with these guys and also help them out a little bit.”
With training camp currently in session and the season approaching, I expect Sato to take the reigns as the starting point guard for Chicago. He, without question, gives this team the best chance to be successful as a result from his tenure with the Wizards. He’s played in numerous playoff games and he’ll bring that veteran experience to a youthful locker room.
Although we would love to see the rookie Coby White begin the season as the starter, Satoransky is the most equipped guard to maximize the talent on this roster. The value Satoransky brings is unmatched amongst the team and his style of play directly correlates with the way the Bulls envision playing this season.
When all is said and done, we may look back at the Satoransky signing and view his deal as the turning point for the Chicago Bulls.
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