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Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky to start at point guard vs. Pelicans

Tomas Satoransky, Bulls

New Chicago Bulls acquisition Tomas Satoransky is slated to start at point guard for Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. Head coach Jim Boylen gave Kris Dunn the nod at point guard on Monday, and the Providence product responded with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 24 minutes, the most of any Bulls player.

Satoransky struggled coming off the bench, making only one of his six shots, but pulling down six offensive rebounds and nabbing a game-high five steals in 22 minutes.

Boylen is a big fan of Sato’s versatility:

“He’s a two-way player, a communicator,” Boylen said of Satoransky. “He relishes in dirty work, which I love. His shooting numbers were good last year. To see him shoot in person is impressive. I like his stroke. He never takes a play off.”

The Czech Republic international showcased his talent during the 2019 FIBA World Cup last month, showing a newfound determination to run the offense and a much-improved defensive awareness, something he will try to replicate with the Bulls:

“I’ll try to help run the team, bring the energy. We need a lot of energy at the beginning of the games. That’s our goal for this season,” Satoransky said. “My job is to put everyone in the right place and bring that energy.

“I’m still trying to adapt to the lineups, trying to adapt to the guys. I think we’ve been playing very well in practices. Now it’s up to us to step forward to play in the games.”

Boylen is expected to shuffle his lineup plenty in this preseason, as Dunn and Satoransky are in open competition for the starting gig in these weeks of training camp.