Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky lost a starting job, but not his confidence
The Bulls acquired Satoransky in a sign-and-trade with the Wizards last offseason, but don’t write him off as just another failure by the franchise just yet.
The mistakes made by the Bulls front office throughout this recent roster reconstruction have been many.
Whether it was the Jabari Parker fiasco, completely over-valuing the skillset of Cristiano Felicio, or believing there were enough minutes to go around in the Thaddeus Young signing – to name a few – there have been far too many misses in the decision-making process.
There’s a reason the Bulls will be in the NBA draft lottery for a third season, and that the team left for Orlando on Wednesday with a 22-43 record.
Tomas Satoransky hopes he’s not just another reason why. That he’s not just another name on that list of misfit toys purchased by the organization.
“Inconsistent,’’ the guard said, when describing what his first full season with the Bulls has been like, and doing so with an honest assessment. “I think inconsistent is one off the best words to describe it. There is a lot of up and down for me. Right now, it’s obviously affecting the way I’ve been underperforming since the All-Star break. I can’t be happy about it.
“I think it helps after the season is done to look at it from the bigger picture. I think I had some good moments. We’ve been playing great, me, KD (Kris Dunn) and Zach (LaVine) some of the games [we had together]. I don’t like being inconsistent.’’
The Bulls coaching staff hasn’t exactly liked it either.
Maybe that’s why it made the decision to move rookie Coby White to the starting unit in place of Satoransky a bit easier.
“Obviously when I made the change with Coby my progression is to talk to the guy being replaced first and the guy replacing him second,’’ coach Jim Boylen said of the process that led to White’s first NBA start in Tuesday’s win over the Cavaliers. “Tomas was very happy for Coby and basically said what I said: ‘[White’s] earned it and he’s played well and he’s a big part of our team.’
“These guys are men. And I think they understand when they don’t play well. I think Tomas understands it’s been a rough patch for him. I didn’t have to go there with that.’’
But Satoransky did. While his outside shooting has been disappointing this season, his accountability hasn’t been.
Acquired from Washington in a sign-and-trade last July, Satoransky wasn’t over-paid for, and does have a place on an NBA roster. Maybe not as a starter, but definitely as a key rotation guy. The head-scratcher, however, has been his outside shooting.
Two seasons ago with the Wizards, he nailed 46.5 percent from three. Last season it dipped to 39.5. But now as a Bull? How about 32.2, and just 43 percent from the field – also a three-season low.
That’s what he wants to figure out this upcoming offseason. How to get back to what he was and erase any doubt outsiders may have in that he’s just another Bulls mistake.
It could start with a smaller workload this summer.
Satoransky went straight from his Wizards season last April, to playing with the Czech Republic in the FIBA World Cup, to Bulls training camp.
It might be time to reassess how he works and what he works on.
“I have to be smart about it next summer and try to take some lessons from the season,’’ Satoransky said. “Sometimes I’m forcing it too much. I’m not probably in that age where I can still let myself do this.’’
NOTE: The Bulls announced that Chandler Hutchison will undergo right shoulder surgery on Mar. 17, sidelining the second-year forward for the next 12-to-16 weeks.