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Tomas Satoransky is making most of his rare opportunity to play with John Wall out

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Tomas Satoransky is making most of his rare opportunity to play with John Wall out

There have been few bright spots for the Wizards over the past three games as they adjust to the troubles of life without John Wall. The Wizards are stumbling overall, having lost two of those three games and five of their last seven.

In recent games, however, their bench has carried its weight. Against the Timberwolves on Tuesday, the Wizards' second unit scored 49 points collectively and helped secure an important road victory. On Wednesday, they combined for 65 points as head coach Scott Brooks favored his bench over his starters late in a loss to the Sixers.

Backup point guard Tomas Satoransky has made the most of his rare opportunity for playing time. The second-year pro barely sees daylight when Wall is healthy as the third option behind primary backup Tim Frazier. Satoransky, though, has put together one of the best stretches of his young career.

Against Philly, Satoransky scored 12 points with eight assists and two rebounds. He shot 4-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

In his last three games, all with Wall out, Satoransky has scored 23 total points, dished 20 assists, shot 9-for-16 from the field, grabbled 10 rebounds and committed zero turnovers. He's been +38 during that stretch, running the offense competently and limiting his mistakes.

[RELATED: WITH WALL ALREADY OUT, BEAL HAS AN EYE INJURY]

Satoransky has benefitted from being aggressive off the dribble. Of his seven shot attempts against the Sixers, five were either in the lane or at the elbow. At 6-foot-7, he can take advantage of opponents, especially guards, with his size and strength.

Here's an example. Satoransky caught the ball at the three-point line and showed no hesitation bullying his way to the rim.

That was against Sixers' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who is a 6-foot-6 forward. It was an example of his progression playing off the ball, something the Wizards' coaching staff wanted him to improve on this past summer. He is a point guard by trade, but plays like that show his potential to play other wing positions.

When Wall returns, recent history suggests Brooks will send Satoransky back to the end of the bench with Frazier remaining the primary option to run the second unit. But Satoransky is making a strong case for playing time in an opportunity he doesn't often get.

[RELATED: SATORANSKY GOES 1-ON-1 ON THE PODCAST]

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers: ANYONE YOU WANT LEBRON JUST PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US AGAIN!!

9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

23. Indiana Pacers: DRAFT ANOTHER UCLA PLAYER. WE DARE YOU.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: DRAFT ANOTHER MID-MAJOR GUARD. WE DARE YOU.

25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.

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