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Bulls rookies Wendell Carter Jr., Chandler Hutchison officially declared as out for the season

Chandler Hutchison, Wendell Carter, Jr. Bulls

Wendell Carter, Jr. and Chandler Hutchison both have bright futures in the NBA. Unfortunately, with the 2018-19 quickly winding down, the Chicago Bulls won’t get another look at either rookie before their season ends.

Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson announced on Saturday that Carter and Hutchison will both be out for the remainder of the season, cutting their debut campaigns nine games short.

Wendell Carter Jr. last played for the Bulls on January 15th, when he suffered a thumb injury that was initially diagnosed as a sprain after the big man underwent an MRI. He was subsequently listed as doubtful for Chicago’s next two games after that, but it was later revealed that he also had a ligament damage in the injured thumb.

Carter went under the knife on January 21st and was intially scheduled to return to the floor within the next eight-to-12 weeks.

The No.7 pick in last year’s draft, Carter acquitted himself well as a rookie despite failing to produce the numbers or highlights of other highly-touted first-year players in the 2018 class. He averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game, starting each of the 44 contests in which he appeared.

Chandler Hutchison, the Bulls’ other first-round pick last June, suffered a right toe injury on January 25th in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Further testing made clear that the 6-foot-7 forward suffered an acute injury to the sesamoid bone in his right foot. Though Chicago initially indicated Hutchison would return to the floor this season, his injury didn’t heal the way doctors anticipated.

The Boise State product averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game this season.