It’s about that time for another Chicago Bulls‘ player to emerge and lead this depleted team to the playoffs. His name is Jimmy Butler, the starting two-guard of the Bulls and it’s his time to step up and become more of the leader.
The man they call “Jimmy Buckets” came into this season with high expectations when he was named the starter to play alongside Derrick Rose. This was supposed to be the start of the backcourt of the future. Butler earned this spot because he played so well down the stretch last season and was a key factor of the Bulls making the playoffs. He worked hard on his game in the offseason, so he could be Rose’s running mate. Well, this dream backcourt just didn’t go according to plan. Both players got injured along the way, with Rose suffering another major knee injury to keep him out the rest of the season. Butler has been banged up as well, with a toe injury and sprained ankle, missing multiple games.
With Butler battling physical problems all season, he has also struggled with his performance on the court. He is getting more attention from opposing players who are trying to shut him down. He has to try to get back that aggressive edge he had last season and just find his rhythm. Nobody can question his work ethic and his numbers are decent: 12 points, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The potential is there for him to do a whole lot more, though.
The second half of the season is approaching quickly and the New Year will be here in no time. This would be a good enough time for Jimmy Buckets to arrive once again and push the Bulls back in the right direction.