The Chicago Bulls will be looking for a lot of offensive help next season after being ranked last in the NBA in total offense. There have been several names floating around as to which free agents could help the Bulls next season; however, if the team can get more offense from their players under contract, the Bulls could finally become contenders.
One of those players that the Bulls need more scoring from is Jimmy Butler. Butler has already improved every year since he has been in the NBA—increasing his points, rebounds and minutes since his rookie season in 2011. He averaged 13 points, five rebounds and two assists in nearly 40 minutes per game. But the Bulls will still need more. Butler’s minutes definitely don’t have to increase, but if he wants to be known as more than just an on the ball defender, he’ll have to improve his scoring.
Butler shot 38 percent from the field and an extremely low 28 percent from outside the three-point arc over the course of the season. As a starting shooting guard, Butler’s numbers from the field weren’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination. And although small forward is his natural position, he may be asked by the Bulls to start at guard once again if the team adds another small forward in free agency.
If Butler can improve his shooting, especially his outside shot, that would help the Bulls out tremendously with the return of Derrick Rose. Since Rose loves to penetrate and kick, it will leave an abundance of outside shots for Butler. And if Butler can’t knock down those shots with any consistency, the Bulls may have to look for other options at shooting guard and small forward.
This offseason will be crucial for Butler to work on his offense. The team desperately needs him to be a scoring threat moving forward. It’s now up to him if he wants to improve that area of his game at this point. But given Butler’s improvement over the years, there is no doubt he will be a much better shooter and scorer next season.