Promise or not, here are some options for Chicago Bulls with 22nd pick
During the NBA combine last month in Chicago, a rumor spread that some team made a first-round guarantee to Boise State small forward Chandler Hutchison after he left the premises in the middle of the event.
Well, the internet seems to think it was the Chicago Bulls who made a promise, since a large percentage of mock drafts have the Bulls picking Hutchison with their No. 22 selection in the first round. They acquired that pick from New Orleans in the Nikola Mirotic trade.
Settling on a draft choice a month in advance doesn't really sound like the Bulls' style, but they have had a history of becoming enamored of certain players years before drafting them, so maybe that happened here.
Anyway, barring a trade, the Bulls will take someone with that No. 22 pick at Thursday's NBA draft, so here's a look at Hutchison and some other possibilities.
Chandler Hutchison, 6-7, SF, Boise State
Hutchison could be considered a late bloomer, depending on the perspective. He didn't play varsity until his junior year at Mission Viejo High School in Southern California and wasn't heavily recruited, despite being ranked No. 80 by ESPN by the time he was a senior.
Likewise, he was a role player for two years in Boise, then made strides and averaged 20 points and 7.7 rebounds as a senior. Hutchison wasn't much of a 3-point shooter in college (.359 last season), but he put his long arms to good use in attacking the basket and finishing near the rim.
Hutchison wasn't measured and didn't do the athletic tests at the combine, but he does seem to be a guy with some two-way potential, ready to play a role now with some upside. He had some impressive games last season, such as scoring 44 points on 21 shots against San Diego State and 39 points in an NIT loss at Washington.
Khyri Thomas, 6-4, SG, Creighton
Thomas shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range last season, but defense was his calling card in college. He was Big East co-defensive player of the year as a sophomore, then won the award last year as a junior. His 35.5-inch vertical at the combine was nothing special, but he puts a 6-10 wingspan to good use.
Kevin Huerter, 6-7, SG, Maryland
Known mostly as a shooter, Huerter shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range last year as a sophomore at Maryland and tested well athletically at the combine.
Donte DiVincenzo, 6-4, SG, Villanova
This guy has been all over the map in mock drafts and made his presence known by scoring 31 points in the NCAA championship game. Also measured an impressive 42-inch max vertical at the combine.
Mitchell Robinson, 7-1, C, no college
If the Bulls don't pick a big man with the No. 7 pick, this is an athletic center who could be on the board. The Louisiana native committed to Western Kentucky but left school in the summer and didn't play organized basketball last season. So break out the AAU tape.
Josh Okogie, 6-4, SG, Georgia Tech
Not to be confused with French point guard Elie Okobo, Okogie is an interesting prospect. At 6-4 with a 7-foot wingspan, he jumped 42 inches at the combine and had one of the best sprint times. He also averaged 18.2 points and shot 38 percent from 3 as a sophomore at Georgia Tech.
Jacob Evans, 6-6, SF Cincinnati
He does a lot of things well, but maybe nothing great. Averaged 13.0 points and shot 37 percent from 3-point range on a good Cincinnati team.
Mo Wagner, 6-11, PF/C, Michigan
Most mock drafts don't have him going this high, but considering how well the Bulls did with multiple stretch-fours on the floor last season, he's someone the Bulls should consider. The Germany native was one of the fastest big men at the combine.
Dzanan Musa, 6-8, SF, Cedevita Zagreb
This guy is intriguing, a tall shooter who was basically an unabashed 3-point gunslinger in Europe. The problem is he didn't connect very often.
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