The change of scenery is a dramatic one for the 11-year veteran. Butler is going from a Bucks team that has been the worst team in the league by a wide margin for almost the entirety of the season to a Thunder team that has hopes and legitimate chances to compete for a title this year. In actuality, Oklahoma City provides a much better habitat to foster what Butler can bring to the table.
As was the case with almost everyone in Milwaukee this season, Butler struggled mightily for the Bucks. In 34 games, the forward averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.1 minutes per game while shooting only 38.7 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from three. Quite simply, Butler was asked to do a little too much for the Bucks and it left him often looking overwhelmed in that situation.
However, as Butler goes to the Thunder he will bring an added dimension to their offense on the wing. While Jeremy Lamb and Thabo Sefolosha have stepped up on a number of occasions throughout this season for OKC, they have hardly been the picture of consistency. Butler will give them another option to put into the lineup to provide an offensive spark on occasion and give this Thunder team a boost.
No one is going to make the mistake of thinking that Butler is going to take the reins from Kevin Durant or anything in OKC, but what Butler can bring to the Thunder will be beneficial. He’s going to be in a much more comfortable role with this team and can give them something that they’ve needed at times this season. We’ll see just how big of an impact the Butler signing can have on this team.