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The Wizards face several challenges managing the point guard position with John Wall out next season

The Wizards face several challenges managing the point guard position with John Wall out next season
Published On: Thu, Mar 14
Apr 11, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Washington Wizards player John Wall on the bench during first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

TheA Washington WizardsA have been dealing with issues for years. Point guard was never one of them a€“ until now.

Counting the games missed this year due to various injuries, including a torn Achilles,A John Wallwill miss about 1.5 seasons. When he returns,A WallA will be 30 years old a€“ and at that point, coming off a career-altering injury, ita€™s unclear whether even he will be the answer for the team at the position moving forward.

Time wona€™t stop for the Wizards, though, and they have to remain competitive without their all-star point guard (although critics willA correctlyA argue that a€œremaining competitivea€ will do more damage than good).

Tomas Satoransky, by default, has replaced Wall in the starting lineup and has largely done a decent job given the circumstances. Before this season,A SatoranskyA started a combined 33 games in two years and played various roles, ranging from the primary backup point guard to checking in for Otto Porter at small forward.

Washington has enjoyedA Satoranskya€™s versatility and efficiency a€“ hea€™s making 50 percent of his shot attempts and over 41 percent of his threes in 38 starts.

But through no fault of his own, Satoransky is on the wrong side of a mismatch virtually every night. The NBA is in the golden age of point guards and therea€™s not a day of the week hea€™ll have a night off. And while Satoransky is competent and capable, when the Russell Westbrooks and Stephen Currys of the world are in town, the Wizards are almost always at a disadvantage.

Scott BrooksA has attempted to mitigate the point guard problem by doing away with the traditional notions of the position. Walla€™s role as a ball-dominant guard has been taken over byA Bradley Beal, whose usage rate (27.6) is on par with all of the shoot-first guards in the league.A Beal, whoa€™s grown into Washingtona€™s first option, touches the ball about 76 times a game a€“ about the same asA Kyrie IrvingA and more thanA Anthony Davis,A Devin Booker,A Kevin DurantA and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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