Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss his first game of the season tonight, citing personal reasons, and the already-struggling Wizards will be forced to adjust to playing without him.
Wall is averaging 21.2 points per game so far this season and scored a dominant 30 against the Nets on December 1st. He also averages 8.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, and is an elite player in the league.
Without him in the mix tonight in Atlanta, rookie Hawks point guard Trae Young will be looking to take advantage of the gap, and No. 2 guy Bradley Beal will be expected to step up and support his Wizards team with a few more touches than usual.
The Wizards are 10-14, a disappointing start for the star-studded Eastern Conference team, and will be needing a win tonight as they work to take over the eighth spot in the conference, currently occupied by Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets.
That being said, here’s a look at what the Wizards could be working with tonight in Atlanta without John Wall:
Wizards Projected Starting Lineup Without John Wall
PG: Tomas Satoransky
SG: Bradley Beal
SF: Otto Porter, Jr.
PF: Kelly Oubre, Jr.
C: Thomas Bryant
Notice in the Twitter post above of the Wizards’ shootaround, Tomas Satoransky is featured. That’s likely because he’ll be getting his first start of the year at the point guard position as John Wall’s backup.
Satoransky averages just 5 points per game in his typical 15 minutes, along with 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds. With the increase in minutes that he’ll be getting tonight, though, who knows what he can do?
Source: Heavy Sports