Bulls’ Wendell Carter and Chandler Hutchison are focused on wins, not rebuilds
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There was no talk about ceilings — low or high.
When Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison were introduced Monday at the Advocate Center, it was all about winning, as both are looking to make an immediate impact. At least that’s their plan.
Rebuild? What rebuild?
“Just to be a part of it, though we want to come in and win games,’’ Carter said when asked about joining Year 2 of the rebuild. “That’s what we want to help this organization do, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes. To come into a system and just to help them win games.’’
Hutchison, selected No. 22 overall in the first round, has a similar mindset.
The Boise State forward said he plans to bring “versatility’’ to the team. “I don’t do just one thing where you can just plug me into that spot and just know I’m going to be great at that one thing,’’ Hutchison said. ‘‘I think I have a lot of different weapons and I’m useful in a lot of different situations. I see that being really valuable in the NBA.’’
So does coach Fred Hoiberg.
Unlike in previous offseasons, it seems the front office finally cares about whom Hoiberg uses in his offensive system. Carter — picked No. 7 overall — as well as Hutchison, already have Hoiberg busy drawing up different scenarios.
“In my opinion, you’ve got a modern-day big in Wendell with a guy that’s very skilled,” Hoiberg said. ‘‘I talked a lot to Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] in the last week just about the different ways that he utilized Wendell’s skill set. They ran a lot of high-low with [Duke teammate Marvin] Bagley, with Wendell being able to make the high-low pass.
“The other thing I was impressed with as the year went on was his ability to stretch the floor with his three-point shot. He shot over 41 percent from the three-point line. I think he’s a guy that can play-make, that can put the ball on the floor, and a big area where he’ll help us defensively is at the rim. He’s an excellent rim protector.’’
Translation: We finally have a guy that we think can help the frontcourt defensively and offensively be a huge complement to Lauri Markkanen’s skill set.
With Hutchison, Hoiberg sees another ball handler who can rebound and play with pace. Think of him as a bigger, quicker version David Nwaba.
“The thing that impressed me most about his game was the ability to get the ball off the defensive glass and push it down the floor, and facilitate offense,’’ Hoiberg said. “I think he’ll fit well with the way we want to play, with pace and with speed. Getting our guys out running the wings.
“He had more coast-to-coast plays that I think anybody else in this draft.’’
The immediate plan is to get both players on the floor for a few days this week, then let them get back home for a few days and then ready for the Summer League in Las Vegas in a few weeks.
Either way, nothing is being handed to either of the players the team drafted, according to Hoiberg.
“The thing I’m excited about with training camp is it’s going to be open competition, and it should make for a very competitive training camp,’’ Hoiberg said. “The thing I know these two players will do is come in and work extremely hard. They’re not going to back down from anything, from any type of challenge.’’