Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler Is Final Piece of Championship Puzzle

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
Jimmy Butler
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To the Chicago Bulls‘ credit, Jimmy Butler has finally blossomed into the player he was meant to be.

His potential is very high, and we are finally seeing it come to fruition. The backcourt of Derrick Rose and Butler will work greatly for the Bulls. The pair could be one of the best backcourt duos in the NBA.

Butlers’ game has developed nicely over the past two seasons. His ability to shoot the three and slash to the basket gives the Bulls a dimension they never had when Rose was healthy. With all the talk about the Miami Heat still being the best team in the East, Butler might be the last piece to the puzzle for the Chicago Bulls.

With Rose back healthy and Joakim Noah playing better than ever, the Bulls might be the team to beat in 2013.

Last season, Butler averaged 8.6 points along with 4.0 rebounds. He really came on during the playoffs, averagin 13.3 points per game while also primarily defending Lebron James. He provided solid shooting guard play for the first time in years for Chicago.

When playing next to Rose, it is absolutely vital to have a consistent 3-point shooter to space the floor for Rose to attack the basket. If Butler can develop a consistent 3-point shot, which he is proving he can do, he can be a legitimate starting shooting guard next to Rose.

To maximize a team’s ability, they must find a way to get the most talented players on the floor for the most minutes possible. If the Bulls are able to play Butler starters’ minutes at the shooting guard position, they will instantly catapult themselves to another level.


Nugesse Ghebrendrias is a Sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @NugasayWhat24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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