Chicago Bulls: 3 players that won’t mesh with Billy Donovan

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1) Chicago Bulls players that are the worst fits with Donovan: Chandler Hutchison

Really the only player on this list for the Bulls that could contribute value in some part of the rotation next season in any realistic scenario is the former Boise State Broncos third-year small forward Chandler Hutchison. The 6-foot-7 and 210 pound 24-year-old former 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft has yet to live up to the billing as a quality bench wing for the Bulls.

A lot of what held Hutch back over the course of his first two seasons in the NBA is consistent upper-body injury woes. He only played in 28 games during the shortened 2019-20 regular season with the Bulls (10 of which he started in). He’s also played in 72 games over the course of the last two seasons.

Hutch averaged 7.8 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks. He shot 45.7 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 59.0 percent from the free-throw line.

With the way that Donovan thrived in OKC using a lot of potent scoring wings and twitchy players at the position on the perimeter, it just doesn’t feel like Hutch can do what his new head coach would like. And the lack of consistency in the recent injury track record of Hutch doesn’t help out his case too much.

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There’s a few options that the front office has for what to do with Hutch. They could just hang onto him to bolster the wing depth heading into the 2020-21 season. Or they could package him as part of a trade, since he likely still holds at least a little bit of value on the open market.