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Jimmy Butler

28-Year-Old        Minnesota Timberwolves

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

22.2

REB

5.3

AST

4.9

STL

2.0

BLK

0.4

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Butler, who arguably had the best season of his career during the 2016-17 campaign with the Bulls, is now a member of the Timberwolves. He was especially dominant after the All-Star break, posting 22.8 points, 6.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals across 37.7 minutes per ...

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HT: 6' 7"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 9/14/1989  College: Marquette   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #30 Overall in 2011   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year, $92.33 million contract extension with the Bulls in July of 2015. Contract includes a $19.84 million player option for the 2019-20 season.

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Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler's knee injury in Game 5 against the Rockets was simply soreness and that he won't need any sort of procedure during the offseason, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.

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Jimmy Butler NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2011-12 21 CHI 42 8.5 2.6 1.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 40.5 76.8 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.3 18.2 0.8 1.9 1.0 1.3
2012-13 22 CHI 82 26.0 8.6 4.0 1.4 1.0 0.4 0.5 46.7 80.3 0.8 1.7 2.3 1.3 38.1 2.9 6.2 2.3 2.8
2013-14 23 CHI 67 38.7 13.1 4.9 2.6 1.9 0.5 1.0 39.7 76.9 1.5 1.3 3.6 3.6 28.3 4.1 10.3 3.9 5.0
2014-15 24 CHI 65 38.7 20.0 5.8 3.3 1.8 0.6 1.1 46.2 83.4 1.4 1.8 4.1 3.0 37.8 6.5 14.0 5.9 7.1
2015-16 25 CHI 67 36.9 20.9 5.3 4.8 1.6 0.6 1.0 45.4 83.2 2.0 1.2 4.2 3.1 31.2 7.0 15.4 5.9 7.1
2016-17 26 CHI 76 37.0 23.9 6.2 5.5 1.9 0.4 1.2 45.5 86.5 2.1 1.7 4.5 3.3 36.7 7.5 16.5 7.7 8.9
2017-18 27 MIN 59 36.7 22.2 5.3 4.9 2.0 0.4 1.2 47.4 85.4 1.8 1.3 4.0 3.4 35.0 7.4 15.6 6.2 7.2
2017-18 Projections 28 MIN 78 37.5 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jimmy Butler

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Jimmy Butler NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 34.0 15.8 6.0 4.0 0.8 0.2 1.6 44.4 83.3 1.0 0.6 5.4 3.4 47.1 5.6 12.6 3.0 3.6
Last 10 Games 10 32.4 17.7 4.9 3.6 1.4 0.5 1.0 43.4 79.0 1.1 1.1 3.8 3.4 29.4 5.9 13.6 4.9 6.2
Last 20 Games 20 35.7 21.7 5.4 4.3 1.5 0.4 1.3 46.7 81.3 1.4 1.0 4.4 3.6 36.6 7.1 15.1 6.3 7.8

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Jimmy Butler
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 25 @HOU 122-104 30 8 5 5 1 1 0 4 10 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Apr 23 HOU 100-119 38 19 9 5 0 0 1 7 17 4 5 1 4 2 7 2
Apr 21 HOU 121-105 41 28 7 5 1 0 1 10 19 4 6 4 6 0 7 2
Apr 18 @HOU 102-82 25 11 4 2 0 0 3 3 6 4 4 1 1 0 4 1
Apr 15 @HOU 104-101 36 13 5 3 2 0 0 4 11 3 3 2 5 1 4 4
Apr 11 DEN 112-106 42 31 5 5 1 1 3 10 21 10 13 1 4 2 3 3
Apr 9 MEM 113-94 23 15 2 3 3 0 1 3 8 9 11 0 1 2 0 0
Apr 6 @LAL 96-113 23 18 2 1 4 0 1 7 10 4 8 0 1 0 2 1
Apr 5 @DEN 100-96 Did Not Play
Apr 1 UTA 97-121 Did Not Play
Mar 30 @DAL 92-93 Did Not Play
Mar 28 ATL 126-114 Did Not Play
Mar 26 MEM 93-101 Did Not Play
Mar 24 @PHI 120-108 Did Not Play
Mar 23 @NYK 104-108 Did Not Play
Mar 20 LAC 123-109 Did Not Play
Mar 18 HOU 120-129 Did Not Play
Mar 17 @SAS 117-101 Did Not Play
Mar 13 @WAS 111-116 Did Not Play
Mar 11 GSW 109-103 Did Not Play
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Mar 8 BOS 109-117 Did Not Play
Mar 2 @UTA 116-108 Did Not Play
Mar 1 @POR 108-99 Did Not Play
Feb 26 @SAC 100-118 Did Not Play
Feb 24 CHI 122-104 Did Not Play
Feb 23 @HOU 120-102 25 10 5 3 1 0 0 4 14 1 1 1 4 3 2 1
Feb 15 LAL 119-111 41 24 5 4 1 3 1 7 20 10 11 0 7 1 4 3
Feb 13 HOU 108-126 36 15 7 6 0 0 0 5 13 5 5 0 3 0 7 1
Feb 11 SAC 111-106 39 18 5 3 2 0 3 5 9 7 9 1 1 1 4 1
Feb 9 @CHI 114-113 41 38 7 5 4 0 1 11 26 13 15 3 9 1 6 1
Feb 7 @CLE 140-138 46 35 5 6 2 0 2 14 21 3 3 4 5 0 5 2
Feb 3 NOP 118-107 37 30 8 7 2 0 2 11 21 6 9 2 4 1 7 1
Feb 1 MIL 108-89 40 28 4 6 1 0 3 8 15 10 11 2 5 0 4 1
Jan 30 @TOR 109-104 38 25 5 6 0 0 0 9 17 5 10 2 3 1 4 2
Jan 29 @ATL 105-100 36 24 7 3 1 1 4 7 15 9 9 1 3 2 5 2
Jan 27 BKN 111-97 35 21 6 5 2 1 0 4 14 12 14 1 3 1 5 3
Jan 25 @GSW 126-113 Did Not Play
Jan 24 @POR 123-114 Did Not Play
Jan 22 @LAC 118-126 Did Not Play
Jan 20 TOR 115-109 Did Not Play
Jan 18 @HOU 116-98 42 23 4 2 2 1 1 8 15 7 8 0 1 1 3 1
Jan 16 @ORL 108-102 39 28 7 4 5 2 0 11 22 4 4 2 5 4 3 3
Jan 14 POR 120-103 34 24 5 4 2 0 0 7 11 9 11 1 1 1 4 2
Jan 12 NYK 118-108 34 13 4 2 3 1 2 6 12 0 1 1 3 1 3 1
Jan 10 OKC 104-88 36 26 7 8 4 2 4 7 13 11 12 1 2 1 6 0
Jan 8 CLE 127-99 27 21 8 9 3 0 2 7 13 3 4 4 6 2 6 1
Jan 6 NOP 116-98 32 21 7 8 1 0 2 7 15 5 6 2 2 5 2 0
Jan 5 @BOS 91-84 35 14 2 6 3 0 4 3 12 8 10 0 3 2 0 1
Jan 3 @BKN 98-97 39 30 3 4 2 1 2 7 17 16 18 0 2 2 1 1
Jan 1 LAL 114-96 37 28 3 9 3 1 7 8 14 11 11 1 1 1 2 2
Dec 31 @IND 90-107 27 26 6 5 3 0 1 8 11 10 11 0 0 2 4 0
Dec 28 @MIL 102-96 43 20 5 7 2 0 4 6 16 7 7 1 6 2 3 2
Dec 27 DEN 128-125 42 39 4 5 1 0 1 10 20 16 18 3 6 0 4 0
Dec 25 @LAL 104-121 41 23 5 8 2 0 2 11 20 0 0 1 7 1 4 0
Dec 23 @PHO 106-115 38 32 6 3 0 1 1 10 19 12 13 0 3 2 4 2
Dec 20 @DEN 104-112 35 25 2 4 2 0 3 8 15 8 8 1 4 1 1 1
Dec 18 POR 108-107 35 37 6 4 2 0 0 12 21 11 12 2 3 1 5 0
Dec 16 PHO 106-108 37 10 6 2 3 0 1 5 18 0 0 0 3 1 5 1
Dec 14 SAC 119-96 36 21 7 9 2 2 0 7 10 7 7 0 0 1 6 0
Dec 12 PHI 112-118 46 38 6 3 1 0 1 15 33 5 5 3 9 3 3 1
Dec 10 DAL 97-92 41 22 8 5 2 0 1 9 17 2 3 2 6 0 8 1
Dec 6 @LAC 107-113 43 19 8 8 0 0 1 7 12 5 5 0 2 1 7 2
Dec 4 @MEM 95-92 40 30 2 5 4 0 2 11 21 6 7 2 7 1 1 2
Dec 3 LAC 112-106 40 33 8 4 1 1 1 10 20 11 13 2 4 3 5 2
Dec 1 @OKC 111-107 41 22 3 7 3 2 3 7 16 7 7 1 3 1 2 2
Nov 29 @NOP 102-120 33 19 4 3 1 0 2 8 12 2 2 1 2 0 4 0
Nov 28 WAS 89-92 38 17 7 10 1 0 1 5 17 4 4 3 9 5 2 1
Nov 26 PHO 119-108 36 25 4 5 3 1 1 11 19 3 5 0 1 0 4 2
Nov 24 MIA 97-109 35 18 6 4 0 0 2 7 17 3 6 1 1 2 4 0
Nov 22 ORL 124-118 36 26 3 3 2 0 1 10 19 3 5 3 4 1 2 1
Nov 20 @CHA 118-102 33 14 7 0 1 0 1 6 15 1 1 1 4 3 4 2
Nov 19 DET 97-100 42 26 10 4 5 0 5 10 15 4 6 2 5 1 9 1
Nov 17 @DAL 87-111 37 21 8 4 2 0 1 8 19 2 2 3 5 0 8 2
Nov 15 SAS 98-86 33 6 5 5 3 1 1 2 13 2 2 0 1 1 4 0
Nov 13 @UTA 98-109 39 21 4 10 2 1 2 6 12 9 10 0 2 2 2 0
Nov 11 @PHO 118-110 40 25 6 5 1 1 3 5 17 14 16 1 3 4 2 2
Nov 8 @GSW 125-101 31 11 3 5 2 0 1 5 12 0 0 1 2 0 3 1
Nov 5 CHA 112-94 30 13 6 1 1 0 3 4 6 3 3 2 2 2 4 1
Nov 4 DAL 112-99 34 4 5 7 0 0 2 1 7 2 2 0 2 0 5 3
Nov 1 @NOP 98-104 33 23 4 2 3 0 2 8 18 7 10 0 3 0 4 0
Oct 30 @MIA 122-125 40 16 5 3 3 0 4 5 13 5 5 1 3 1 4 5
Oct 27 OKC 119-116 38 25 5 7 0 0 1 7 10 11 13 0 0 2 3 1
Oct 25 @DET 122-101 Did Not Play
Oct 24 IND 107-130 Did Not Play
Oct 22 @OKC 113-115 39 15 6 6 0 0 1 7 17 0 0 1 4 0 6 2
Oct 20 UTA 100-97 39 13 7 3 5 0 4 5 14 3 3 0 2 0 7 1
Oct 18 @SAS 107-99 35 12 4 3 1 0 3 5 12 0 0 2 3 0 4 3
Jimmy Butler Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Jimmy Butler – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Shooting Guard
Also Listed As:  #3 Small Forward

1.  Jimmy Butler

2.  Andrew Wiggins

3.  Jamal Crawford

4.  Marcus Georges-Hunt

5.  Tyus Jones

6.  Aaron Brooks

7.  Anthony Brown

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True Shooting Percentage

59.0%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Jimmy Butler has a true shooting percentage of 59.0%.

Projected True Shooting % in 2017-18

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What Is True Shooting Percentage?

True shooting percentage is weighted to account for field goals, three-pointers, and free throws – FG, 3Pt, FT – which provides a measure of a player's efficiency in the whole scope of shooting.

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Jimmy Butler NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2011-12 21 CHI 42 36.0 10.9 5.6 1.4 1.1 0.5 0.2 40.5 76.8 1.4 2.3 3.3 1.1 18.2 3.2 7.9 4.3 5.6
2012-13 22 CHI 82 36.0 11.9 5.5 1.9 1.3 0.5 0.7 46.7 80.3 1.0 2.3 3.2 1.8 38.1 4.0 8.6 3.2 3.9
2013-14 23 CHI 67 36.0 12.2 4.6 2.4 1.8 0.5 0.9 39.7 76.9 1.4 1.2 3.4 3.3 28.3 3.8 9.6 3.6 4.7
2014-15 24 CHI 65 36.0 18.6 5.4 3.0 1.6 0.5 1.0 46.2 83.4 1.3 1.6 3.8 2.8 37.8 6.0 13.1 5.5 6.6
2015-16 25 CHI 67 36.0 20.4 5.2 4.7 1.6 0.6 0.9 45.4 83.2 1.9 1.1 4.1 3.0 31.2 6.8 15.1 5.7 6.9
2016-17 26 CHI 76 36.0 23.3 6.0 5.3 1.8 0.4 1.2 45.5 86.5 2.0 1.7 4.4 3.2 36.7 7.3 16.0 7.5 8.7
2017-18 27 MIN 59 36.0 21.7 5.2 4.8 1.9 0.4 1.2 47.4 85.4 1.8 1.3 3.9 3.3 35.0 7.3 15.3 6.0 7.1
2017-18 Projections 28 MIN 78 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jimmy Butler

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Jimmy Butler NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2011-12 21 CHI 42 359 109 56 14 11 5 2 40.5 76.8 14 23 33 11 18.2 32 79 43 56
2012-13 22 CHI 82 2134 705 328 115 78 31 40 46.7 80.3 62 136 192 105 38.1 239 512 187 233
2013-14 23 CHI 67 2591 878 330 175 127 36 68 39.7 76.9 102 87 243 240 28.3 275 693 260 338
2014-15 24 CHI 65 2513 1301 379 212 114 36 73 46.2 83.4 93 114 265 193 37.8 421 912 386 463
2015-16 25 CHI 67 2474 1399 358 321 110 43 64 45.4 83.2 132 79 279 205 31.2 470 1035 395 475
2016-17 26 CHI 76 2809 1816 470 417 143 32 91 45.5 86.5 159 129 341 248 36.7 570 1252 585 676
2017-18 27 MIN 59 2164 1307 314 288 116 24 70 47.4 85.4 108 79 235 200 35.0 437 921 363 425
2017-18 Projections 28 MIN 78 2925 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jimmy Butler

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Jimmy Butler NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2011-12 21 CHI 42 8.5 52.6 41.8 10.6 10.6 1.0 2.9
2012-13 22 CHI 82 26.0 57.4 50.6 14.5 7.8 1.9 10.7
2013-14 23 CHI 67 38.7 52.2 44.6 15.6 9.1 1.7 14.1
2014-15 24 CHI 65 38.7 58.3 50.2 14.9 6.5 2.3 21.2
2015-16 25 CHI 67 36.9 56.2 48.5 18.9 7.8 2.4 21.7
2016-17 26 CHI 76 37.0 58.6 49.2 19.6 7.5 2.6 25.6
2017-18 27 MIN 59 36.7 59.0 51.2 19.1 7.2 2.7 23.6
2017-18 Projections 28 MIN 78 37.5 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jimmy Butler

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Jimmy Butler: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler didn't play in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Rockets because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

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Butler tallied 19 points (7-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes during Monday's 119-100 loss to the Rockets.

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Butler compiled 28 points (10-19 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 41 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over the Rockets.

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Butler totaled 11 points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes during Minnesota's 102-82 loss to the Rockets in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

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Butler produced 13 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 36 minutes during Minnesota's 104-101 loss to the Rockets during Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

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Butler scored 31 points (10-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 10-13 FT) while adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 42 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 win over the Nuggets.

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Butler chipped in 15 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-11 FT), three assists, three steals, and two rebounds in 23 minutes during Monday's 113-94 win over the Grizzlies.

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Butler (knee) tallied 18 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-8 FT), two rebounds, one assist and four steals across 23 minutes in Friday's 113-96 win over the Lakers.

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Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed Butler (knee) is a "go" for Friday's matchup with the Lakers, Shahan Ahmed of NBC4 Los Angeles reports.

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Butler (knee) is listed as Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com for Friday's game against the Lakers.

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Butler (knee) plans to make his return to the lineup Friday against the Lakers, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.

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Butler (knee) was available to play but never took the floor in Thursday's 100-96 loss to the Nuggets.

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2017-18

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2016-17

Butler was named an All-Star for the second straight season in 2015-16, posting averages of 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 67 games. While the Bulls failed to qualify for the postseason, Butler solidified his standing as one of the top two-way shooting guards in the league. Butler returns as the Bulls' unquestioned top player, but significant questions loom after Chicago added a pair of veteran guards in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in free agency. At age 34, Wade ranked fifth in the NBA in usage rate last season, while Rondo's propensity to dominate the ball is well documented. While both players have publicly backed Butler as the team's No. 1 option, it's fair to question how three below-average jump shooters will coexist in one backcourt. Butler shot a healthy 45.4 percent from the field last season, but converted only 31.2 percent of his three-point attempts, down from 37.8 percent in 2014-15. That number will have to improve this season for Butler's scoring production to maintain, as he figures to cede a decent portion of the offensive burden to Wade and Rondo. Butler's rebounding numbers will likely be sustainable, though with the addition of Rondo, it's difficult to imagine him topping -- let alone matching -- the career-best 4.8 assists per game he averaged last season.

2015-16

Butler enters his fifth season in the NBA as an established star after an excellent 2014-15 season where he made the All-Star Team and won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. Butler has always been known as a defensive stud, but he became a great all-around player last season as he averaged 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.1 three-pointers in 39 minutes per game. Although he played a lot of minutes, Butler was only healthy enough to play in 65 games due to an elbow injury. He also improved all of his percentages from the previous season as he shot 46 percent from the field, 83 percent from the free-throw line, and 38 percent from behind the arc. His excellent season paid off big time as he signed a five-year max contract over the summer to remain with the team. The Bulls will rely on him heavily again this year, but it's possible he sees a little less playing time under new head coach Fred Hoiberg than he did under Tom Thibodeau as Thibodeau played his starters huge minutes. Hoiberg is expected to run a more up-tempo offense this year, something that should only help Butler as he excels in the open court and at getting to the rim. When asked by Hoiberg which position he plays, Butler said he thinks of himself as a point guard, so if Rose falls prey to another injury, don't be surprised if Butler simply takes on a more prominent role handling the ball.

2014-15

Many expected Jimmy Butler to make a big leap forward last season, and while his production increased, his efficiency took a big hit in the process. Butler averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 39 minutes per game while playing in 67 contests. Now entering his fourth season, he'll look to improve upon his relatively unpolished offensive skill set while continuing to take on some of the toughest defensive assignments in the NBA. Thanks in large part to the mid-season trade of Luol Deng, he saw his minutes rise dramatically last season and was constantly relied upon by coach Tom Thibodeau to grind out games. With the increase in playing time, Butler increased his output, attempting 10.3 shots per game. In turn, he saw his field goal percentage fall below the 40 percent threshold. With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of other scorers, there will be less pressure on Butler to force the issue on the offensive end. Depth issues plagued the Bulls last season and Butler was called upon to log an incredible amount of minutes for Chicago. While Butler may still be the workhorse on the wing, Thibodeau has significantly more capable options this season, including Tony Snell and European rookie Nikola Mirotic. As long as Butler continues to struggle offensively, he remains a lower-tier fantasy option unless your format values steals.

2013-14

Many expected Jimmy Butler to make a big leap forward last season, and while his production increased, his efficiency took a big hit in the process. Butler averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 39 minutes per game while playing in 67 contests. Now entering his fourth season, he'll look to improve upon his relatively unpolished offensive skill set while continuing to take on some of the toughest defensive assignments in the NBA. Thanks in large part to the mid-season trade of Luol Deng, he saw his minutes rise dramatically last season and was constantly relied upon by coach Tom Thibodeau to grind out games. With the increase in playing time, Butler increased his output, attempting 10.3 shots per game. In turn, he saw his field goal percentage fall below the 40 percent threshold. With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of other scorers, there will be less pressure on Butler to force the issue on the offensive end. Depth issues plagued the Bulls last season and Butler was called upon to log an incredible amount of minutes for Chicago. While Butler may still be the workhorse on the wing, Thibodeau has significantly more capable options this season, including Tony Snell and European rookie Nikola Mirotic. As long as Butler continues to struggle offensively, he remains a lower-tier fantasy option unless your format values steals.

2012-13

Butler, selected 30th by the Bulls in last year's draft, saw minimal action as a rookie. He had a big Summer League campaign and is projected to take the departed Ronnie Brewer's defensive spark plug role off the bench this season. Look for him to see a major spike in playing time this year.

2011-12

Butler, selected 30th by the Bulls in this year’s draft, averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals at Marquette last year. He played both forward positions in college, but his slight frame (6-8, 215) means he'll probably spend most of his time at the three in the NBA. He should spend most of this year on the bench, but an injury could clear the way for him to get some playing time.