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Tomas Satoransky could play into Scott Brooks' plans for a more versatile Wizards' offense

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Tomas Satoransky could play into Scott Brooks' plans for a more versatile Wizards' offense

Just because the Wizards traded for a more experienced backup point guard in Tim Frazier does not mean Tomas Satoransky will have to take a back seat as the third option. In addition to opportunities at point guard, much of Satoransky's success with the Wizards both in the short-term and the long-term could be predicated on his development at other positions.

Head coach Scott Brooks knows Satoransky, 25, is more comfortable at point guard and that he was asked to do some things he hadn't done before as a rookie in the 2016-17 season, challenges that he handled with varied success. But Brooks wants Satoransky, who averaged 12.6 minutes in 57 games as a rookie, to expect more of that in the future.

"Regardless of how you feel as a player that 'I need to play this position,' I think those days are done," Brooks said. "I know he likes that he's been a point guard all his life, but the way we play and the way the NBA is, you need playmakers on the court. Sometimes we all, even myself, we get caught up in his he a one or is he a two? No, they're basketball players."

The Boston Celtics have drawn attention this offseason to the strategy of so-called 'positionless basketball.' Head coach Brad Stevens is building a system around ball-handlers, wings and big men. They are doing away with the idea of a traditional one-through-five lineup, from point guard to center.


That goal is evident in their offseason additions. The Celtics loaded up on small forwards by adding Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris. With Jaylen Brown already in store, they have four guys who are big enough and athletic enough to match up with many different players on both ends of the floor.

Brooks isn't sure if the Wizards are going as far as the Celtics in that respect. He even said: "everybody is using the term positionless basketball. I don't know if we're going to get to that," but Brooks does believe the 6-foot-7 Satoransky fits well into adjustments the Wizards plan to make.

"I think he can do multiple positions. I think he can play one, two and three. He has the size to do that," Brooks said. "We want to have a system where we have a couple of guards and a couple of forwards and a center out there. You can argue that we can have three guards on the court at the same time. With John [Wall] and Brad [Beal], they both can handle the ball. They both can play pick-and-roll. You can have Tomas and Tim in the game. You can have Tomas and John in the game. They both handle the ball. You need multiple playmakers in the game."

Brooks and the Wizards found success last season on defense with a small-ball lineup featuring Wall, Beal, Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre. Those four could switch from position-to-position on defense. In a season where defense was not a strongsuit, that combination stood out. Satoransky, Brooks hopes, can help provide similar value particularly on the offensive end while playing alongside other guards and without the mindset of only being a point guard.



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Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game's starters is now closed and though they have not fared well with fan ballots, the chances Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are picked as reserves seem good.

The All-Star reserves are chosen by NBA head coaches and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks thinks the Wizards should have two representatives.

"They're definitely both having All-Star years," Brooks said. "I can't vote for either one, but they are definitely in my mind two of the best guards in the East."

Wall, 27, is averaging 19.9 points and leads the Eastern Conference with 9.3 assists per game. He also leads all NBA guards with 1.1 blocks per game.

Bradley Beal, 24, is seventh in the East with 23.7 points per game and third among Eastern Conference guards. He is averaging a career-high 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.


The 25-19 Wizards are currently in the playoff picture, which should help their cause for two All-Stars. But there is a lot of competition at the guard position.

Beal has done plenty to make the case he should be a first-time All-Star. He leads the Wizards in points and has played in every one of their games.

What could hold Wall back is that his numbers are down from last season and the fact he missed 11 games due to injury.

Brooks, though, thinks he should be in there and that it shouldn't be all that close.

"I think John is the best point guard in the East," he said.

Wall is certainly up there among the best point guards in the conference. His competition would be guys like Kyrie Iriving, Kyle Lowry and maybe Ben Simmons. Wall is a more versatile player than Irving and has better numbers than Lowry or Simmons.

The All-Star starters are announced on Jan. 18 and the full rosters will be revealed on Jan. 23. We'll see if Wall and Beal make the cut.


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:


3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.