Chicago Bulls: 3 players who should be most excited for new front office

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Tomas Satoransky, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Tomas Satoransky, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

3. Tomas Satoransky, Guard

All of the three major free agent signings that GarPax made last offseason for the Bulls are going to be influx heading into the looming offseason. And maybe the most valuable of the three on the trade market currently is the 6-foot-7 former Washington Wizards combo guard Tomas Satoransky. A player that started out hot this season, but didn’t end on a high-note, might not be around next season.

There is still value in what Sato would bring to the table for the Bulls. Contrary to the final numbers he posted from the 2019-20 campaign, he is a good shooter and usually efficient facilitator. He averaged 9.9 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.2 steals. He shot 43.0 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 87.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The assist-to-turnover ratio that Sato posted in the season that was didn’t necessarily show anything bad. He still averaged 5.4 assists per game compared with just 2.0 turnovers. There were much worse ratios on the Bulls this season. But Sato is usually better than that. His assist rate did climb to a career-best 27.1 percent, though.

All of this saw Sato post a box plus/minus rating of -1.2, 0.4 value over replacement player rating, .090 win shares per 48 minutes, 3.5 total win shares, 111 offensive rating/112 defensive rating, and a 53.3 true shooting percentage. The advanced metrics painted a mostly negative picture of Sato’s production this season, but there were noted bright spots.

What’s good for his case is the new front office regime should either find a solid landing spot for him next for a good return, or put him in a more advantageous role in the Windy City next season.