This has been some introduction to the NBA for rookie Chandler Hutchison.
He has experienced a coaching change and plenty of losing. He has started 12 games, come off the bench 30 times and sat either by coach’s decision or as an inactive six times.
He has seen a lot.
“You use it all as a learning experience. The way I was raised, taught to try to stay level-headed, I think I’m built to handle all this,” Hutchison said. “This is all I know. I don’t have anything to compare it to, so I just focus on what I can control.”
Of late, that’s an increased role. Wednesday marked Hutchison’s 10th straight start since the Bulls traded Justin Holiday, opening up the small forward position. Including one reserve appearance, he entered the matchup against the Hawks averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds on 48.6 percent shooting in 27 minutes.