WASHINGTON — It would be easy for the casual Wizards fan to forget about Tomas Satoransky.
Washington finally got to use the 2012 second-round pick last season, and it was a mixed, if forgettable, bag. Satoransky flashed playmaking ability at times, but he appeared in just 57 games and averaged less than 13 minutes per game, and his line of 2.7 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game was hardly worth writing about.
He scored eight or more points on seven occasions, and he had a few eyebrow-raising performances, such the 12-point, 9-assist game he had in the second of his three starts, and the 10-point, 10-rebound game he had against the Portland Trail Blazers in January.
But Satoransky was more often a non-factor, on 23 occasions failing to play even 10 minutes in a game, despite Washington’s subpar bench and his ability to back up both guard positions.
However, the 25-year-old guard flashed incredible athleticism at times — more often in practice than in games — and that’s something you simply cannot teach.
On Friday, the Wizards held an open practice at VCU’s campus in Richmond, and the second-year guard put on an absolute show in the team’s dunk contest.
In the video at the top of this page, you can see this is nothing new for the guard.
If Satoransky can develop the other elements of his game in his second NBA season, he could find a much bigger role on the Wizards bench. And fans love to cheer for a guy who can put on a show like Satoransky is capable of. Now, he just has to give them that show.