Jim Boylen teased late Wednesday that “that day is coming” when he’d announce his starting point guard, the only positional battle up for grabs as long as big man Wendell Carter Jr. can stay healthy.
“Not today,” Boylen said following Thursday’s practice at the Advocate Center. “We’re farther along with that. But I’m not ready to give that up yet.”
All signs continue to point to Tomas Satoransky landing the job. Not only did the Bulls shop Kris Dunn after acquiring Satoransky from the Wizards for three years and $30 million in a sign-and-trade transaction, but Satoransky led an energized offensive effort in Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans.
“I think the ball was popping,” Boylen said of Satoransky’s effect with the starters. “Our .5 (making a decision in 0.5 seconds) was good. Our spacing was good. We had four turnovers in our first six possessions so we watched those (on film). But we settled down and started playing really good basketball.”
Coincidentally, Satoransky committed two of those early but then settled into an efficient game that featured 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 20 minutes.
Dunn played solidly in his start Monday against the Bucks but was largely invisible against the Pelicans. But there’s still a role for Dunn---for now---as a defensive force with the second unit. That’s where rookie Coby White can be unleashed as an offensive, athletic force, able to play either on or off the ball.
“Every day, there is more clarity on what you like, what you don’t like, who fits, who doesn’t fit. Not only in that (lead guard) position but other situations,” Boylen said. “We can’t play everybody. From Day One, I said we’re going to have to share and become a team where sacrifice is involved. That day is coming not just for that lead guard position but other ones too.”
For his part, Satoransky continues to say the right things about playing any role. He started 87 of his 210 career games with the Wizards but played his best basketball of his three-year career last season while starting for the injured John Wall.
And he’s gaining a comfort level playing alongside his new teammates.
“It’s great for the point guard when you have so many options,” Satoransky said.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Bulls easily on your device.