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Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison suffers left hamstring strain in workout

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Chicago Bulls forward Chandler Hutchison suffered a left hamstring strain in a workout, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Hutchison played in just 44 games during his rookie year after suffering a broken toe in February, and the injury bug has struck yet again with a little over a month until the beginning of the 2019-20 regular season.

The Bulls selected Hutchison with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, hoping that the four-year man out of Boise State would be able to develop into a 3-and-D guy and a lengthy defender.

However, Hutchison struggled to have much of an impact in limited action. He shot just 28 percent from beyond the arc and averaged just under five shot attempts per game. When he went down in February, both of Chicago’s first-round picks were effectively sidelined for the rest of the year.

Still, Hutchison did show the ability to bang with bigger opponents, and he proved to be quite a good rebounder as a hybrid forward that could run both the three and the four spot.

The 23-year-old played in the NBA Summer League in Vegas this summer, averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in four contests, though he also shot just 29 percent from the field.

Chicago has an abundance of young talent, but they need their young players to make strides in a hurry if they hope to compete for a playoff spot, even in a weak Eastern Conference.

Hutchison is hardly the most prolific offensive player, and his inability to shoot from the perimeter is less than ideal. But he also offers some defensive versatility and rebounding.

The Bulls will monitor Hutchison’s progress as he rehabs.