It’s not quite like his days when he was a star with the Marquette Golden Eagles, but basketball fans know that Jimmy Butler is a key cog for a team that is still leading the Central Division at the season’s halfway point. Without Butler, it is clear that the Bulls wouldn’t be nearly as successful of a team a nightly basis.
The numbers for Butler aren’t all that sparkling, as he is averaging just 6.9 points and 3.4 boards per game. However, over the course of the last eight games, the second year man really has shined. He stepped into the starting lineup briefly with Taj Gibson out of the fold, and since that point, he has averaged 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
His minutes have increased also, as he hasn’t had a game with fewer than 28 minutes played since January 19th.