With their 2nd first round selection at #22, the Bulls selected Chandler Hutchison, a SF Senior from Boise State.
There were rumors that Hutchison - who is repped by Bulls-fave Mark Bartelstein and in Bulls tradition is an older draftee - received a promise from the Bulls weeks ago causing Hutchison to cancel his pre-draft workouts. While some Chicago-based media denied this, The Ringer just today said that promise had ‘only strengthened’ since then.
The Bulls needed a wing heading into the offseason. After going with a big man at No. 7 in Wendell Carter Jr., using their late first round pick on a wing player also made sense. Luckily, Duke teammate Grayson Allen was just taken off the board at #21 by Utah.
We didn’t have a full profile of Hutchison but did have a briefer look when discussing a lot of players potentially available at this spot:
Hutchinson is a versatile wing who projects to do several things very well at the professional level. A competent scorer, a strong rebounder and capable of playmaking for others, Hutchison averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his final season as the centerpiece to his team’s offense. Importantly, he did so in an efficient manner, posting a 57.5 true-shooting percentage and shooting 35.9 percent from three.
Profiling Hutchison’s ability as an athlete has been made somewhat more difficult due to his absence from the NBA Draft Combine, however, reports suggest he stands at 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot wing span. Whilst it’s unlikely that he ever proves to be anything more than adequate on-ball defender who may be able to create off the dribble more with guile than raw athleticism, Hutchison could grow into a versatile and competent wing option off the bench. But given the available options and his ceiling in the NBA being directly tied to a continual improvement of his jump shot, he’s certainly not a prospect any team should be making guarantees to this early in the process.
There’s a bit more Hutchison scouting here at SBNation’s mid-major blog, so make sure to check that out.
Unless the Bulls trade and/or buy their way back in the draft, their work is done for the night. In taking Hutchison, it looks like their work for #22 was done weeks ago.