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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 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.
Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that. Feb 28 - 2:49 AM

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Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way.
Feb 26 - 12:34 AM

Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch.
Feb 23 - 12:29 PM

Jimmy Butler hit the ground running to start the second half on Friday against the Pistons, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Butler really put on an offensive show tonight and his ability to score off the dribble seems to get better every time out. He did miss the final game of the first half due to a shoulder injury, but there was no indication it was bothering him tonight. There is nothing to worry about here and his owners can just enjoy the ride.
Feb 21 - 12:13 AM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday and will play against the Pistons on Friday.

He only played nine minutes in the All-Star Game after missing Thursday's game against the Cavs. Butler has been an iron man and leads the NBA in minutes per game. He's also been playing very well in February, averaging 19.3 points, 3.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.5 treys. His owners shouldn't be looking to sell high.
Feb 18 - 7:38 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) looked fine while scoring six points with a pair of steals on Sunday, logging a team-low nine minutes in the East's 158-163 defeat.

His nine minutes were the lowest of any player for either team, which was an intentional courtesy to Butler and the Bulls -- "I talked to [East coach Mike Budenholzer], told him how I was feeling," Butler said. "He said we'll get you out there and get you off." Butler missed Chicago's final game before the break but wouldn't have suited up for the All-Star game unless he was healthy, and he said he'll be ready to play Friday even though he's not yet 100 percent.
Feb 15 - 11:31 PM

Jimmy Butler said that his shoulder felt OK after a light practice on Saturday, but he remained non-committal when asked if he would play on Sunday.

He is going to see how his shoulder responds on Sunday morning before making a final decision, but it looks like he is going to give it a go. Butler appeared in good spirits and even winked at a reporter when asked if he would play Sunday, so his owners shouldn't be concerned. On a side note, expect Butler to be ready to go for the Bulls' game on Feb. 20 against the Pistons, as the extra rest this week should really aid his recovery.
Feb 14 - 1:36 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) is practicing with the East All-Star team on Saturday and he is still on track to play on Sunday night.

While it is obviously a light practice, it's a good sign for Butler knowing that he feels comfortable enough to test out his shoulder. He is said to be targeting the Bulls' first game after the All-Star break against the Pistons for his return to action, so his owners can breathe easy knowing that he is going to be fine. Tony Snell will head back to the bench upon Butler's return so owners who picked up should start evaluating other options.
Feb 14 - 1:04 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) hopes to return to the lineup for the Bulls' first game after the All-Star break against the Pistons on February 20.

"It's getting better," Butler said of his shoulder. "I just have to take care of my body like I've been doing all season. It's unfortunate. But that's what this time off is for. I think I'll be fine." Butler doesn't seem too concerned with his shoulder injury, and neither should his owners. If he's able to play limited minutes during the All-Star game, he should be able to play when the regular-season resumes on Feb. 20.
Feb 13 - 4:41 PM

Jimmy Butler told the media on Friday that he is confident he'll have no issues with his shoulder following the All-Star break.

Butler also re-stated his desire to be able to suit up for the All-Star game on Sunday, and hopefully he's right in that the time off during the break will be enough time for his shoulder injury to fully recover. After seeing his numbers dip a bit during the month of January, Butler got things back on track in February with averages of 19.3 points, 3.3 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, and an elite 2.3 steals per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Yeah, he's a stud.
Feb 13 - 12:40 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) has withdrawn from the Skills Challenge, but he still hopes to play limited minutes during the All-Star game on Sunday.

Hopefully Butler gets all the rest he needs during the All-Star break, so owners will just need to hope that his minutes are very limited on Sunday. He has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cavs, and Tony Snell will draw the start in his place. However, with Mike Dunleavy back in the fold, Snell's fantasy value isn't likely going to last beyond the break.
Feb 12 - 2:22 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) will miss Thursday's game against the Cavaliers.

This doesn't come as a huge surprise as the Bulls will play it safe with Butler headed into the All-Star break. Head coach Tom Thibodeau added that Butler will likely participate during All-Star weekend, so his fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. Tony Snell will start in his place Thursday night and Mike Dunleavy will also see a boost to his fantasy value.
Feb 12 - 12:07 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) is listed as questionable to face the Cavs on Thursday.

He is only dealing with a muscular shoulder injury and it would appear he at least has a shot to play. Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is probable, so the Bulls might not need him quite so badly. If Butler does sit, Tony Snell will look to build off his 24-point game on Tuesday. He's still not a great fantasy play in most leagues, though. Butler owners will want to check back for more information at shootaround Thursday morning.
Feb 11 - 4:55 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder strain after an MRI.

This is good news for Butler, but he is still hurting on Wednesday. He may miss Thursday's game against the Cavs, which would likely allow Tony Snell to play 35 minutes or so. He'll have over a week to heal following the break wit the Bulls' next game coming on Feb. 20. His fantasy owners can treat him as a top-20 value.
Feb 11 - 3:03 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) will likely have an MRI on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

"[He'll] probably have an MRI [Wednesday]," Thibodeau said. "He's got soreness, so hopefully he'll be better tomorrow." The Bulls play the Cavaliers on Thursday, but regardless of what the MRI says it would be surprising to see them risk Butler's health with the All-Star break closing in. We will pass along any updates on his status when we know more, and we would expect Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell to log big minutes on the wing should Butler miss any additional time.
Feb 11 - 9:32 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Kirk Hinrich
3Aaron Brooks
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed