The Chicago Bulls announced today that they have exercised the third-year option on G/F Jimmy Butler. Since the Bulls picked up Butler’s option this means that he will be under contract with the team for the 2013-2014 NBA season.
I personally think this is a great move by the Bulls because Butler is a rising star and has a very bright future in the NBA. The Bulls are very high on Butler and like his potential and development. The Bulls parted ways with defensive stopper Ronnie Brewer during the off-season and the main reason was because of the confidence the Bulls have in Butler.
Butler will assume that sixth/seventh man role that Brewer played last season for the Bulls. Along with power forward Taj Gibson Butler will lead the second unit as the Bulls hope to have success with their “Bench Mob 2.0″.
I think with the extended minutes Butler will get this season he will truly blossom into one of the most improved players in the NBA. Butler will emerge as a defensive stopper for the Bulls this season and his game will really take off.
Last season in limited playing time I saw flashes of greatness from Butler. Butler did an excellent job defending New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony and I know he will continue to be a pesky defender this season.
Standing at 6’7″ 220 pounds Butler has the perfect frame you look for in an athletic wing player. The major knock on him is that his jump shot could afford to get more consistent and sometimes he tries to do too much. With that being said, Butler is one of the hardest working players on the Bulls and his work ethic will take him a long way.
Besides his great defense I think Butler is so valuable to the Bulls because he has a scorer’s mentality. When Butler plays he does not settle for the jumper but instead he looks to attack the rim. During the summer league Butler made 35 of his 39 free throw attempts which show that he likes to go to the rim often and as a result is often at the charity stripe. Furthermore, it is all the better that he can actually make a high percentage of his free throws.
Once Butler gets a more consistent jump shooter he will be an even better weapon for the Bulls and I think it would be wise for the team to hold on to him for a very long time. The Bulls made a great move by exercising Butler’s option and I am telling you, this kid is going to be a star some day.