Boise State swingman Chandler Hutchison made news Wednesday by pulling out of the NBA Draft Combine, apparently having received a guarantee from a team selecting in the 20-30 range in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. The Portland Trail Blazers have not been linked with Hutchison in any capacity, save drafting 24th, but Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype has detailed several reasons Hutchison and the Blazers would fit together.
Along with the de rigueur mention of Hutchison’s connection with Blazers superstar Damian Lillard, Kalbrosky cites stats and age as reasons Portland should swipe right on draft day:
The 22-year-old averaged 20.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. Not only did he lead the Mountain West Conference in scoring per game, he also had the highest Player Efficiency Rating and Defensive Rebound Percentage.
While he is one of the older players in the 2018 NBA Draft, that makes him even more likely to fit in with a team like the Blazers who are vying for more immediate success than a young, developing core.
Kalbrosky also throws in mentions of Will Barton, Paul Allen, and prominent mock drafts. If you want to know more about Hutchison, Steve Dewald here at Blazer’s Edge profiled him last week.
The Hutchison train seems to be gaining momentum, albeit informally. Are you on board?