Wizards head coach Scott Brooks’ reveal on Friday night that John Wall will not only sit out Saturday’s game against the Magic, but other games in back-to-back sets moving forward to rest his surgically repaired knees, opens up an opportunity for those behind Wall to get playing time they otherwise would not receive. In the short-term that will benefit Tomas Satoransky most, as the 6-foot-7 rookie will start in Orlando as the Wizards aim for their second consecutive win [7 p.m. on CSN+].
Satoransky, 25, has impressed Brooks and his teammates through four games this season and because of that has positioned himself as the next man-up when Wall is not available.
“I like how he plays,” Brooks said. “He’s a multiple [position] defender. He’s a very high IQ basketball player. He’s been playing forever and he’s only  years old.”
Brooks’ “forever” comment was in reference to Satoransky’s near-decade of experience playing professional basketball overseas. Though he’s young and new to the NBA, Satoransky is no amateur at his craft.
“He’s a seasoned vet, not at the NBA level but he has experience plyaing at the professional level,” Wall said.
Satoransky has played just 37 minutes in the NBA so far. He’s scored eight points on 4-for-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Though it’s a small sample size, Brooks has seen much more of him outside of game action.
“Sometimes you judge players in practice just as much as you judge them in games and that’s how I’ve always been. That was my game, practice, as a player. I take it serious. I really respect guys off the bench, guys that don’t play. I keep an eye on them. I don’t just let the assistants focus on them. My job is to coach all 15 guys.”
Extended run in NBA games will of course be much more intense than what Satoransky has been exposed to at the practice court of the Verizon Center. But he feels ready to step in and help the Wizards.
“It’s a big responsiblity,” Satoransky said. “It feels great to be on the court and rest the startesr. Just take some weight off their shoulders.”
On Saturday and on other nights moving forward, Satoransky will help provide Wall some prescribed rest. Wall feels good about his replacement.
“I think he’s doing a great job just rinning the team and not turning the ball over and not trying to force anything. That will be key for him,” Wall said.
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