Coach Jim Boylen had a simple message for his rookie forward last month: Find an identity.
Chandler Hutchison didn’t have to be told twice.
Boylen asked him to come off the bench, grab some rebounds and score when the opportunity presents itself. But first and foremost, defend, defend, defend.
When asked if Hutchison is embracing the idea of becoming a defensive stopper, Boylen said, “I think he is. What I talk about [with Hutchison] is my experiences with Kawhi Leonard as a stopper first, Defensive Player of the Year [in both 2015 and 2016]. Paul George was a stopper first, and then Jimmy Butler was a stopper first. I was able to be around those guys and coach them, so that’s what we talked to him about.