The Chicago Bulls have had to struggle with a thin roster all season due to a series of injuries to key players. Overcoming this deficit has been a year-long problem for them. Despite this, there have been members on the team who have played to their highest capabilities to make up for this shortcoming. Jimmy Butler has emerged out of the woodwork this season to be one of the most impressive players that Chicago has right now.
Butler has had his best year in the NBA so far with a 38.7 field-goal percentage and scoring 12.4 points per game, a career high for him. Chicago chose Butler with the 30th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Since then, he has slowly-but-surely matured into the talented player he is now.
Butler has been able to really come into his own after star Derrick Rose‘s injury earlier this season caused coach Tom Thibodeau to play around with his roster, searching for new ways to help the Bulls perform well on the court in their team leader’s absence.
Butler suffered an injury to his ribs after a rough fall in last week’s match-up with the Denver Nuggets. His absence hurt the Bulls in their games against the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week as the team looked short-changed on the offensive end. Thankfully Butler returned to play against the Golden State Warriors last night, playing a vital role in their blowout victory, as he went 5-for-10 from the court and scored 16 points. The team celebrated having him around as he was able to contribute to the team on both sides of the court, showing signs that he has fully recovered from his injury.
Butler has become one of the Bulls’ best players right now, and based on his play this season, he may grow into the talented shooting guard the Bulls have been searching for.