Like the ball, numbers don’t lie.
And Tomas Satoransky’s numbers — 15.5 points on 48.1 percent 3-point shooting to go with 8.5 assists — are sublime.
Mind you, those aren’t his Bulls statistics. They’re from his eight-game run at this offseason’s FIBA World Cup in China for Czech Republic.
For that team, Satoransky is tasked to be The Man with a capital 'M' and do pretty much everything but drive the team bus to the arena. That’s not Satoransky’s role with the Bulls.
But following an 11-point, eight-rebound, six-assist night in which he helped set the tone for a 116-81 blowout victory over the Hawks, it’s clear the first-year Bull is getting more comfortable and more assertive with each game. He’s now up to 10.1 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds and shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range on the season.
“I’m used to not having that role anywhere else than my national team, so the transition usually isn’t that tough,” Satoransky said of moving from his national team to the NBA. “I did a little of everything in D.C. [with the Wizards]. And with a new team, I was kind of trying to find my role early.
“I mean, I knew my position would be much bigger than in D.C. But you still need some time.”
Saturday marked the fourth time in five games that Satoransky has posted at least 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. His eight such games are tied with Zach LaVine for the team lead.
Satoransky’s poise and pace helped the Bulls step on a wounded Hawks team with a 35-point first quarter. For the night, the Bulls held a 25-8 edge in fast-break points.
“I think I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this season. Lately, I’ve been playing better on the road. So this stretch of home games is super important to me,” Satoransky said of the four-game homestand. “I feel great. I’m more consistent.
“I can usually adapt my game pretty quickly. But when you have a lot of young guys and there are lineup changes, it affects you. I feel we’re getting established. And I feel I have good chemistry with KD [Kris Dunn] and Zach. We’re starting to establish something. Now, we need to build on it.”
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