Chicago Bulls Shouldn't Tolerate Jimmy Butler's Poor Shooting

By John Raffel
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls scored an impressive 92-87 NBA victory over the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night, but got away with an embarrassing shooting performance from Jimmy Butler.

It would not be a bad idea for the team to think of how to handle Butler’s shooting woes prior to the next game, just in case they lose. Butler’s shooting problems are definitely of more concern for the Bulls.

Against the Suns, he was 4-of-18 from the floor in more than 40 minutes of action, although he was 5-of-6 in free throws and did score 13 points while dishing out three assists, getting four steals and bringing down five boards. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

For the season, Butler is at 39.8 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent in threes. His shooting is down from his career average of 44.5 percent from the floor. He’s down two percentage points in three-point shooting.

While Butler is doing many decent things for the Bulls, he can be way more valuable for the team. He’s 21-of-59 the last four games from the floor, which is awful. Ironically, the Bulls have won all four of those. Right now, he and the Bulls are winning in other ways, but eventually, Butler needs to focus on his shooting before it comes back to haunt his team.

Prior to his current slump, he enjoyed some decent shooting games so he’s very capable of getting the job done. The Bulls have been happy with his defense and his performance against the Suns, and his four steals, showed why. Even a slight increase in his shooting percentage would make him so much more of a dangerous player.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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