The Rise of Jimmy Butler
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Yet another NBA season moves along, and watching the Chicago Bulls can be pretty frustrating at times. Derrick Rose has been on-and-off with minor injuries along with Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, and Doug McDermott. Yet all of them have been playing well when healthy .
The Bulls have also been getting key contributions from the bench players like Aaron Brooks and Nikola Mirotic. But all of this frustration can be removed by focusing on one player:Jimmy Butler.
Jimmy Butler has made a huge leap in his play this season. In short, he has been outstanding and can easily be in the running for Most Improved PlayerWith the Bulls once again being assaulted by injuries, Butler has been consistent and dependable. He is currently averaging 21.7 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, and 3.4 assists per game, all of which are considerable improvements from last season where he was averaging ony 13.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds a game, and 2.6 assists per game . Assuming Jimmy “Buckets”can keep up this level of play, or even continue to increase his level of play, he can easily be an all star.
With the rest of the Bulls contributing their share in games, they should be able to finish the season in high standings. Butler is setting a great example for the rookies and young guys on the team to put forth 100% effort on the court every single game and hopefully it gets through to them. And with Derrick Rose hopefully staying healthy the rest of the season, and Pau, Joakim, Taj, Dunleavy, and the rest of the team stepping up, I think we can expect a good run into the playoffs.