Chandler Hutchison – Boise State
CPP Big Board Ranking: #25 Overall (#11 SG)
Age/Birthday: 21 (4/26/96)
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
High School: Mission Viejo High School
(Sean Bock 2/9/18)
Player Overview: Widely considered to be a steal in this year’s NBA Draft, Hutchison is arguably one of the best pure scorers in the class. At 6’7″, Hutchison possesses fantastic length for a player of his skill set and knows how to use his stature the right way to maximize his impact. Hutchison is considered to be the favorite for Mountain West Player of the Year and is the primary reason his team has a legitimate chance to win the conference and earn an NCAA Tournament bid. His best performance of the year was on Jan. 13 when he dropped 44 points and shot 7-of-10 from 3-point land in an 83-80 win over San Diego State in Boise. There’s no doubt that on any given night Hutchison could light it up for 30+ points at the college level, but it’s just a matter of whether or not he can become a reliable scorer off the bench for an NBA team.
Strengths: When watching Hutchison play, the first thing that jumps out is his knack for scoring the ball. Everytime Hutchison gets a catch, he gets in a triple threat position and seems to immediately think to himself, “how can I break down these defenders to get to the rim?” It’s rare for someone of his size to have elite footwork as he does combine with dribbling moves that leave defenders reaching while he blows by them for a bucket. Not only is getting to the basket a relatively simple task for him but Hutchison can finish around the rim with the best of them as he’s converting on 62.9 percent of his attempts around the basket, not post-ups, per Synergy. While attacking downhill is his bread and butter, Hutchison has continued to develop his mid-range game, which adds a whole other dynamic to his skillset. Watching film of Hutchison, he uses his footwork to create space off the bounce which is very useful in isolation situations. Add an improving 3-point catch and shoot to his arsenal makes Hutchison an even more challenging player to guard. It’s doubtful Hutchison would be a starter in the NBA right out of the gates, but his ability to put the ball in the basket could earn him minutes in the early stages of his career.
Weaknesses: The main factor making pro teams hesitant to take Hutchison early in the draft is his limited ceiling and age. Turning 22 in April, Hutchison will be one of the older members of this draft class full of underclassmen. While it may be in the process of improving, his shooting is a huge concern as he struggles to convert at a consistent rate from distance. Another area of worry is Hutchison’s lack of quality opponents compared to some of these high-major program prospects. The Broncos’ highest ranked non-conference foe, and Hutchison only scored 2 points in that contest with limited playing time. The next best non-conference opponent was SMU and Hutchison did have a reasonably solid outing scoring 18, but his team got blown out by 23. While Hutchison has proven he can finish around the rim, he needs to polish up on some of his other finishes. Hutchison is 10-of-31 (32 percent) on runners this season and doesn’t like to shoot early on in sequences as he’s shooting 30 percent in a shot clock less than four seconds.
Player Outlook and NBA Comparison: Paul George
Now, I’m not saying Hutchison is going to be the player Paul George is, but looking at each of their situations and the level they played in college, there are definitely similarities that make them comparable. George and Hutchison are the same height and build with polished games that translate well to the NBA. Both guys have a knack for getting to the basket, but George seems to be better all around offensively, especially in the shooting department. George was considered a sleeper in his draft and evolved into an NBA superstar. Hutchison has potential to be a solid contributor for a team that fits his play style, almost like what happened to Kyle Kuzma with the Lakers.