Bulls Name Tomas Satoransky Starting Point Guard

"I love his command of our offense already," Jim Boylen says.

670 The Score Staff
October 16, 2019 - 3:37 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bulls made official Wednesday what was expected regarding the lone competition for a starting spot.

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Tomas Satoransky will start at point guard, coach Jim Boylen said. He'll join Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. -- assuming Carter can stay healthy -- in the starting lineup.

"Tomas will start at the point guard," Boylen told reporters. "Kris Dunn will come off the bench and play on the second unit. I’ve been happy with both of them. They’re both in good places. I think this is what’s best for our team, and I think it will be great for both of them individually."

Satoransky's starting nod came as no surprise, given that the Bulls gave up two second-round picks and agreed to a $30-million deal with Satoransky in acquiring him in a sign-and-trade from the Wizards in July. Beyond that, Dunn and LaVine fit together poorly in starting together over the past two seasons.

Boylen explained why he believes Satoransky will flourish with the starters.

"I love the way he throws the ball ahead," Boylen said. "I love his command of our offense already. He’s obviously a terrific shooter. He can play off those guys. He can play on the ball and off those guys and create space. Him and I have a real good connection, and he’s got a really good feel. And I feel confident in him running that first group."

Dunn will come off the bench to lead the second unit.

"Kris has to be kind of our defensive force in that second group," Boylen said. "He had 11 deflections and six steals against Indiana (last Friday), so he can impact the game coming off the bench. He’s embraced it. I’ve spoken with him, and we had a good conversation about it. He’s all about winning, and I’m really proud of him."

Satoransky averaged 8.9 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 48.5 percent overall and 39.5 percent on 3-pointers in 80 games, including 54 starts, for the Wizards last season.