John Wall's return wasn't the only piece of point guard-related news for the Wizards on Wednesday night.
In their 93-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, it was Tomas Satoransky and not Tim Frazier who first emerged from the bench to spell Wall with 5:10 on the clock. Satoransky ended up with 15 minutes in the game compared to five for Frazier.
Before Wall had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Satoransky had appeared in only nine of the Wizards' 18 games. Frazier played in all of them and averaged 16.6 minutes.
Wall's absence opened the door for Satoransky to play as the primary backup behind Frazier and he thrived. In nine games, Satoransky averaged 8.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He shot 52.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three.
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He was +44 and, most importantly, he committed just two total turnovers while averaging 23.1 minutes per game. Satoransky is second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.00) among players who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Satoransky, 26, has long been appreciated by Wizards fans for his potential, ever since he was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He's 6-foot-7 and can jump out of the gym. Now he's shown the ability to play smart and limit mistakes and it appears to have earned him a larger role, even with Wall back.
"I felt good about it," Satoransky said of his nine-game audition. "I was the first guy coming off the bench. I didn't play very well today, but it's good to have the recognition of those games we had."
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As Satoransky noted, he didn't have his best game against Memphis. He had three points, two rebounds, two assists and a turnover. He was also 1-for-3 from the free throw line, as the Wizards shot 12-for-24 as a team.
The backend of head coach Scott Brooks' rotation can be hard to predict, as sometimes a given night will depend on matchups. Players like Mike Scott, Jason Smith and others have gone missing and sometimes after stretches where it appeared they played well.
One game doesn't guarantee that Satoransky has a new official role and that this will continue. But it was certainly a good sign for the second-year guard, a sign that he earned some trust from the coaching staff while Wall was out.
"Hopefully I can keep pushing," he said.
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