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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 220
College: Marquette
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Butler was held to just five points during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 42.5 minutes of action.
Butler shot just 2-of-8 from the field, so while the minutes were there, the scoring simply wasn't. Luol Deng was playing some vicious defense today, and this was easily Butler's worst game of the season. However, Butler has not had two bad back-to-back games this season, so expect him to bounce-back during Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. Jan 25 - 6:15 PM

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Jimmy Butler scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Mavs.

Butler put his foot back on the gas pedal after Derrick Rose's surge slowed him down a bit. Rose scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers, and it wouldn't be surprising if Butler got back some of his touches now that Rose appears to have re-established a foundation for himself. Pau Gasol added 13 points, 16 boards, a steal and a block in the win.
Jan 24 - 2:18 AM

Jimmy Butler played just 28 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field.

He was in foul trouble tonight, which is a very rare occurrence for Butler this season. Tonight was just the second game all season in which Butler was below 34 minutes. Jimmy Minutes has turned into Jimmy Buckets and he's starting to come out of his slump to start 2015. He should be viewed as an early-round fantasy asset.
Jan 22 - 11:05 PM

Jimmy Butler had a season-high six steals against the Celtics on Friday with 22 points, five rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

Finally. Butler was in a serious funk due to his shot not falling, but he was rolling tonight. He used to live on jumpers last season, and now he's able to get to the rim to help his field goal percentage. We should see the Jimmy from the first two months and not the one from the past two weeks. He's a top-20 asset.
Jan 17 - 12:04 AM

Jimmy Butler was quiet in Wednesday's loss to the Wizards, hitting just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block.

He still filled the stat sheet, but it also probably wasn't a coincidence that Derrick Rose played his best offensive game of the season. Pau Gasol also cooled off tonight, and Tom Thibodeau will have to find a way to keep Rose hot while keeping his teammates involved. There's no reason to panic on Butler, but it is concerning that he's struggled over his last five games, averaging just 13 points on 30 percent shooting, while the Bulls have lost four of those five games. He'll get it turned around.
Jan 15 - 12:01 AM

Jimmy Butler flirted with a triple-double against the Bucks on Saturday with nine points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

He made just 2-of-9 from the field, so the bad news is that his shooting slump continues. Butler has made just 41.2 percent from the field since an illness cost him a game on Jan. 3. He's still doing everything else and handing out a career-high in dimes today shows how much he's grown.
Jan 11 - 1:09 AM

Jimmy Butler made just 2-of-12 from the field for 10 points with four rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

Well, Jimmy is finally in a slump. He's made just 12-of-42 (28.6 percent) from the field in his last three, but all the other stats are there. Butler has been fantastic off the dribble this season and his scoring in isolation was no fluke. Perhaps those who missed out on Jimmy can try and buy low.
Jan 10 - 1:55 AM

The Bulls are prepared to offer Jimmy Butler a new max-deal contract when he becomes a restricted free agent this offseason, according to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.

No surprises here as Butler has emerged as an elite two-guard in the league. He's averaging 21.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe (on 8.0 attempts per game). He's shown no signs of slowing down, and has been one of the better stories in fantasy basketball this season. Don't trade him, and keep him if that's an option.
Jan 9 - 2:10 PM

Jimmy Butler made 5-of-13 from the field for 16 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes during a 97-77 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

Even with the poor shooting, Butler still found a way to fill up the stat sheet. He has been a top-eight player in fantasy leagues over the past month and he's not showing signs of slowing down. In fact, maybe he should take some shots away from Derrick Rose. Butler has a good chance to maintain his first-round value.
Jan 8 - 12:00 AM

Jimmy Butler returned from a personal absence and picked up right where he left off in Monday's win over the Rockets, scoring 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 41 minutes.

Hopefully voters don't type-cast him in a Most Improved Player role for postseason awards and let him fight the good fight. He's the No. 6 and 10 player in 9- and 8-cat leagues respectively when he's on the floor.
Jan 6 - 12:42 AM

Jimmy Butler (personal) has returned to the Bulls, and he's expected to start on Monday.

Butler was out due to personal reasons on Saturday, but he's back with the club in time for their next game. He'll take his usual role in the starting five, and to say he's been spectacular this season would be an understatement. Butler is averaging 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 triples on 48.4 percent shooting.
Jan 5 - 12:01 PM

Jimmy Butler (personal) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

He is reportedly attending a funeral, so obviously there is no need for concern. The next game for the Bulls is on Monday, so it will be interesting to see if Butler will be back with the team in time. Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is also out on Saturday, meaning Tony Snell will likely step into the rotation with Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich also seeing an uptick in minutes. Also, there has been an indication that coach Tom Thibodeau was flirting with the idea of playing Nikola Mirotic some minutes at small forward, so this is definitely a situation to monitor.

Jimmy Butler bounced back on Thursday with 26 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

He made 8-of-14 from the field and all nine from the charity stripe to make this a beautiful eight-category line. Butler had his worst game of the season on Tuesday with just eight points, which was hardly a cause for concern. He's logging minutes at both wing spots and his ability to score off the dribble has a lot to do with his breakout season.
Jan 1 - 11:04 PM

Jimmy Butler finished Tuesday's loss to the visiting Nets with a season-low eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes.

Tonight's random dud is easy to overlook as Butler has piled up top-5 value this season, due partly to his massive workload under coach Tom Thibodeau. He leads the NBA in minutes per game (40.1) and covers a total of 2.8 miles on the court per game, well ahead of second-place Michael Carter-Williams (2.6). That may take a toll on his body as the years progress (the Luol Deng effect), but the 25-year-old Butler is in minimal danger of breaking down this season.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Derrick Rose has been encouraging Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive on the court.

"Derrick [Rose] is always on me to shoot and to shoot 3's and be aggressive," he said. "I'm confident in my game, so I feel like I have to step up and take and make shots late." We're not going to give Rose credit for Butler's MVP-caliber start to the 2014-15 season, but his advice is working. Butler is now 22.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointers this season and is easily the biggest draft day steal of the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
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