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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 220
College: Marquette
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Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 20 points during a Game 6 94-73 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.
He was the main man for the offense in the second half, but the Bulls completely fell apart in halfcourt sets. Butler's isolation scoring could have another leap next season and teams will be offering up max deals to him, but the Bulls will match any offer for him. As it stands right now, he's a second-round pick for fantasy drafts next season. May 14 - 10:43 PM

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The Bulls lost Game 5 despite Jimmy Butler's team-high 29 points (9-of-18 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), three 3-pointers, nine rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

Defense hasn't been a problem for Chicago, as they're holding their opponents to a playoff-low 43.8 effective FG percentage while posting the best defensive efficiency rating (95.2 points allowed per 100 possessions). Butler's outburst kept Chicago in the game down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to overcome Derrick Rose's nagging injuries, Taj Gibson's ejection and Pau Gasol's absence with a sore hamstring.
May 12 - 10:01 PM

Jimmy Butler credits Luol Deng for his success in the NBA.

Deng was a mentor for Butler when the two were together with the Bulls, and Deng would tell Butler stories about playing 40-plus minutes routinely, how to manage his body and adjust to the grind of the NBA. It's just yet another reason to like both players for their commitment to the game, and it's easy to see why Deng and Butler connected immediately as selfless personalities.
Source: Real GM
May 11 - 9:16 AM

Jimmy Butler will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he reiterated his desire to stay with the Bulls.

"This is a place for me. I love playing with the guys that we have," Butler said. "They continue to bring in great, high character guys that fit the team role. I love it here. I'm happy to be here." Butler has become one of the best two-way players in the league, and he recently was named the NBA's Most Improved Player. He will have plenty of suitors over the summer, including the Lakers, a team that reportedly plans to offer a max deal, but the Bulls would be crazy to not match any contract that comes Butler's way. With season averages of 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 three-pointers, Butler will likely be off the board in the first couple of rounds next season.
Source: USA Today
May 10 - 9:42 AM

Jimmy Butler started off slow but finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and five steals in Friday's Game 3 win over the Cavs.

Butler helped hold LeBron James to 8-of-25 shooting and was all over the floor, per usual. Derrick Rose will get all of the attention for his big popcorn line and game-winning prayer, but Butler is the Bull that deserves the game ball.
May 8 - 11:24 PM

Jimmy Butler has been named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2014-15 season.

While Butler had some competition for the award from Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, and others, he was well-deserving of the award. Butler's stats took a big jump across the board this year and he finished with averages of 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.1 three-pointers. His draft position in fantasy drafts next fall will take a jump as well and owners can expect him to be taken in the second round of most drafts.
May 7 - 11:58 AM

Jimmy Butler will be named as the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2014-15 season.

This year might have been the toughest race for this award in quite some time. Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard and Donatas Motiejunas all deserve some consideration. Although, it was really just a two-horse race with Butler and Draymond Green, who also finished second for Defensive Player of the Year. Butler's improvement off the dribble has gone a long way and he quickly became a go-to scorer. For fantasy, Butler was a steal in drafts this season and he's likely going to be off the board in the second round next season.
May 6 - 7:41 PM

Jimmy Butler was a two-way star in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs, scoring 20 points on 7-o-16 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, six assists and three steals in 44 minutes.

Butler also defended LeBron James very well and survived an ankle tweak. We'll let you know if the latter becomes an issue, but he's primed to have a productive series and especially if the Cavs defend the way they did tonight.
May 4 - 10:04 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points during an series-clinching 120-66 win against the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

This Game 6 win in Milwaukee was the biggest win in a series-clinching game in NBA postseason history. Pau Gasol was effective with 19 points, eight boards and two assists while Joakim Noah also had a nice line with 11 points, 10 boards and two dimes. The Bulls will now take on the Cavs with their team as healthy as ever while the Cavs are going to be missing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the entire series while J.R. Smith (suspension) is out for the first two games.
Apr 30 - 9:54 PM

Jimmy Butler stated after Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks that he's been worrying too much about his offense, and that he needs to step it up on the defensive end.

"I'm supposed to be the prime-time defensive guy, and I haven't been guarding a soul," said Butler. "I've been worried about offense too much, and I need to change that quickly or it's going to be my fault." That's a bit of an overly harsh criticism from Butler considering he's been holding his opponents to 34.7 percent shooting from the field, but it's admirable that he putting some of the blame on himself for the Bulls' losses. Chicago will look to close out their series against the Bucks on Thursday in Milwaukee. Butler will continue to see a ridiculous amount of minutes for the Bulls, and while he’ll spend more time focusing on defense, he’ll still be a go-to guy on offense.
Source: Real GM
Apr 28 - 3:01 PM

Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season.
Apr 25 - 8:49 PM

Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes during a double-overtime win against the Bucks on Thursday with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He didn't shoot the ball well today, making 8-of-20 from the field. The Bulls clearly had an outside-in approach to their game with Butler and Derrick Rose taking seven of the first nine shots from the field. Considering how unbelievable Rose looked today and the vast improvement from Butler as an isolation scorer this season, the Bulls backcourt may have suddenly become one of the best in the NBA. Butler has averaged 26.7 points per game in this postseason and will likely be in that neighborhood again in Game 4 on Saturday. He'll likely be off the board in the top 20 picks for fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 23 - 11:47 PM

Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday.
Apr 20 - 11:09 PM

Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season.
Apr 18 - 10:08 PM

Jimmy Butler played 36 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He made just 3-of-11 from the field tonight and wasn't at his best. There's no reason to panic about the calf injury which kept him out of action on Thursday, though. Butler could be rested in some of the final two games with Monday's game at Brooklyn as the favorite. The Bulls finish the season at home vs. the Hawks, which could be a second-round preview.
Apr 11 - 11:19 PM