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Wizards looking forward to six-game road trip

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Wizards looking forward to six-game road trip

After spending a week together at a hotel on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax the Wizards are about to get to know each other’s travel habits on the road.

Beginning Saturday in Cleveland the Wizards will play their final six preseason games on the road. They’ll start with the Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, then head to Brooklyn for a game on Monday [7:30 p.m. CSN], Toronto for a game on Wednesday [7 p.m.], return home for two practices, then hit the road for games in Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 20 [8:30 p.m.], at Miami on Oct. 24 [8:30 p.m., CSN] and at San Antonio on Oct. 26 [8:30 p.m., CSN].
    
Is this a drudgery or an opportunity?

“Every situation is an opportunity,” said half-glass-full forward Martell Webster. “How are we going to look at? We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re all we got.

“Nobody is going to come in here with a cape and save us. It’s an opportunity for us go out on the road and show people that we’re capable of winning on the road. If you can win on the road and take care of [business at] home, that’s dangerous. If you can establish yourself as a team not to mess with on the road, we have to look at it like that.”

The Wizards went 9-24 on the road last season, the fifth-worst road record in the NBA. They open the regular season with five of their first seven games on the road.   

“This is going to be a good test for us to see how far we’ve come from our first road [preseason] game to see how we end up at the end of the preseason,” said guard A.J. Price.

“I think it’s something we need. We almost have to come together. We’re going to be by ourselves and we need to play within ourselves and within the system.”

For rookie guard Bradley Beal this is his first time on an extended NBA road trip. The 19-year-old from St. Louis said he’s looking forward to seeing new cities.
“I have to get used to it,” he said. “Get used to being on the road a lot and being able to travel from city to city almost every night. It’s a big adjustment but I'm looking forward to it.”

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2018 NBA Mock Draft: What's changed after the combine

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2018 NBA Mock Draft: What's changed after the combine

Something that used to be a rare occurrence has now happened four years in a row.

The Phoenix Suns had the best odds of winning the NBA lottery, and they did, landing the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

Over the last four years, the team with the NBA's worst record has landed that top spot each year. Before this stretch though, dating back to 1985, only four teams that had the worst record still won the lottery.

Nine teams have also jumped at least five spots to get to No. 1 during that period as well.

Now the order is set (until any trades of course) and teams have had a chance to check out many of the top players at the combine.

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This draft is loaded with big man prospects too, from DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley, and Mohamed Bamba, along with countless others likely going in the top-14. 

There's also the very intriguing Luka Doncic, who most still believe won't go back to Real Madrid, even with him leaving the door open. 

A few names jumped into the first round since the last mock draft, which is something we always see after the combine. 

As for the Wizards, we know they need an athletic big man, and sitting at pick No. 15, they may just get one, although he brings a lot of mystery. 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tomas Satoransky

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tomas Satoransky

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tomas Satoransky's season...

Player: Tomas Satoransky

Position: Point guard

Age: 26

2017-18 salary: $3 million

2017-18 stats: 73 G, 22.5 mpg, 7.2 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 52.3 FG%, 46.5 3P%, 78.1 FT%, 58.5 eFG%, 124 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Best game: 2/10 at Bulls - 25 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 10-for-12 FG, 5-for-6 3PT 

Season review: Following a rookie season where he could never quite earn an extended role in the Wizards' rotation, Tomas Satoransky broke through in his second NBA season and did so when an opportunity was presented due to injury. 

Starting point guard John Wall missed two weeks in December and Satoransky was pushed into the backup role behind Tim Frazier. Satoransky then outplayed Frazier to earn the primary backup role once Wall returned.

Satoransky got an even better chance to shine once Wall missed two months from late January to late March as he stepped in to start a stretch of 27 straight games and 30 of the Wizards' final 34 regular season games. He thrived as a starter, averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

Satoransky was confident and assertive for much of his time as a starter. He found success running the offense and defending tough point guards like Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry. The Wizards won 10 of their first 13 games when Wall went down and Satoransky got much of the credit for helping them stay afloat. If he didn't step up, the Wizards may have missed the playoffs.

But Satoransky then had trouble adjusting back to his previous role as a backup. The Wizards signed point guard Ty Lawson and moved Satoransky off the ball. That change appeared to affect Satoransky's aggression on offense. At times, he played timid and the coaching staff went away from him for much of their playoff series against the Raptors.

Satoransky may have to get used to an evolving place in the Wizards' rotation. Though he is most comfortable at point guard, the Wizards see him as much more than a floor general. They want him to play shooting guard and small forward.

Now that Satoransky has more experience at those positions at the NBA level, perhaps he can put it all together and find consistency next season, his third in the NBA and his last under contract with the Wizards.

Potential to improve: Shooting off dribble, aggressiveness, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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