No one on the Wizards wears more hats than Tomas Satoransky. A point guard by trade, Satoransky was ushered into a variety of roles throughout the 2017-18 season, some that were familiar and some that were entirely new.
He began the season as the third point guard then earned the primary backup role by passing Tim Frazier on the depth chart. That led to 30 games as the starter when John Wall went down with a left knee injury in January.
Along the way, and especially once Wall came back at the end of March, Satoransky spent time at shooting guard and small forward. Used to having the ball in his hands and initiating the offense, Satoransky was now charged with playing off the ball.
Though he has the skillset to succeed at those positions, Satoransky couldn't make a consistent impact at the two or the three.
"It wasn't easy, for sure. It wasn't easy at all," he said. "I went through a lot of things this year. I didn't play at the beginning, then I started to play and I played good as a starter. That's what the NBA can bring you. That's why you have to be ready for those opportunities and be ready when things aren't going your way."
Satoransky, 26, was told by coaches and members of the Wizards' front office at the beginning of last summer to prepare for playing more off-the-ball during the 2017-18 season. He focused on his three-point shot and his quickness on catch-and-gos.
His three-ball got much better. He shot 46.5 percent on the season, up from 24.3 percent last season, but his versatility making the shot was limited. Satoransky required being open, having his feet set and time to go through a prolonged shooting motion.
This summer will be all about speeding up that process and working on other ways to get his shot off.
"I felt like at the beginning of the season I was given those shots, but then the scouting of other teams, they were more ready for me. I definitely have to get quicker," he said.
There's no question Satoransky's game improved by leaps and bounds in 2017-18. He became an important part of the Wizards' rotation and averaged 7.2 points, 3.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and only 1.1 turnovers in 22.5 minutes per game.
But his role moving forward remains up in the air. The Wizards went out and signed Ty Lawson to be their backup point guard in the playoffs, supplanting Satoransky just days before the postseason began.
Once again, Satoransky goes into the offseason wondering if he will be the backup point guard next season, or if he will have to fight for minutes at another position.
"It's going to be nice to find out," Satoransky said of his role. "I just hope my game is developing."
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