Each week, I become more convinced the Sixers may actually go ahead and take a player with each of their first-round selections, and Hutchison could be the wing they need.
While it’s true most of their roster is very young, they also have to account for JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova and Amir Johnson leaving in free agency, robbing them of depth. In addition, their young guys aren’t so young anymore, a precarious byproduct of the prolonged rebuild The Process entailed. T.J McConnell, Richaun Holmes and Justin Anderson are each due extensions this summer or next.
Overseas, the Sixers have Jonah Bolden and Ancejs Pasecniks waiting as potential contributors, but in the mold of Dario Saric, they likely will Never Come Over either. Drafting Hutchison and developing him as a depth piece that eventually becomes a tradable asset is a win-win.
He fits the Philadelphia mold of someone who can make plays, play fast, and nail open shots. His defense is versatile, probably capable against three positions already. And he’s going to be a more ready contributor than a one-and-done freshman. It makes sense.