Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison believes he’s better now than he has ever been
Chicago Bulls rising sophomore Chandler Hutchison is not making excuses for his poor performances, including an eight-point Summer League outing this month. However, he is confident that he is better now than he was last season.
Hutchison, a 6-foot-7 small forward entering his second year, is one of a few downtrodden wings on the Bulls roster that must perk up to raise the overall ceiling of the team.
“What’s crazy is I feel like I’m the best right now that I’ve ever been,” Hutchison told Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. “Whether that’s been shown or not, sometimes that happens. Sometimes you’ve just got to wait. That’s life. But I’m never going to make an excuse. I’m just going to keep working hard. That’s all I know.“
Chicago selected Hutchison, 23, out of Boise State with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. The forward appeared in 44 games in his rookie season for the Bulls, starting in 14. Participating on the team’s Las Vegas Summer League squad in July, Hutchison scored 54 points across four games, shooting 29.4 percent from the floor.
Hutchison said he viewed Summer League as an opportunity to prove what he can do every night. He would then go on to say he never makes “excuses” for himself and that he’s his toughest critic. In 2018-19, he averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from long range.