Tomas Satoransky is an enigmatic European prospect hailing from the Czech Republic, playing most recently with Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla in the ACB league of Spain.
What makes him tantalizing to the scouts at this point, aside from his stellar size (clocking in at around 6'7" as what looks to be a shooting guard), is his ability to defend, his competitive desire and his athleticism.
Basically, he's Jan Vesely with a more defined position, but not nearly as far along in terms of development.
What Satoransky Brings to the Team
Satoransky is a great competitor. Scouts shout far and wide about his desire to win each and every game, which should be good enough to draft a man of his size.
Aside from that size, Satoransky is a decent spot-up man, and with the size he has over his opponents, he's able to get to the rim as well, although he's not great at pulling up his dribble and putting a shot down.
He is still very raw, and at just 20 years old he still has plenty of time to grow, which he should do plenty of under the guidance of NBA coaches.
What Experts are Saying
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com comments on Satoransky's struggles this season in Spain:
Further complicating matters is the way Satoransky's jumper has regressed as of late. Whereas last season he made 40% of his 2.5 3-point attempts per-game, this year he's both taking (1.5) and making (30%) less of these shots, while continuing to show the same unattractive mechanics we've seen throughout his career. With time and space, Satoransky is capable of making his catch and shoot jumpers, but things seem to fall apart for him when forced to shoot quickly and/or off the dribble.
Impact as a Rookie
Satoransky is quite a ways off from the NBA game. He's almost certainly not going to be playing the point—his current position in Spain—in the NBA, which further complicates his translation to the game stateside.
Once he gets acclimated to the US and becomes a player that can make a 15-man roster, Satoransky should be able to be a good competitor for minutes and a good defender, but his offensive game is a wait-and-see aspect.
However, none of this will likely happen this year.
Wizards take Tomas Satoransky early in the 2nd round, but will likely not have him on the team for a couple of years. Tomas is a long athletic wing player that will benefit from extra time overseas. The Wizards are building for the future with this pick, with the hope that he will continue to develop in Europe
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