Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
28-Year-Old G
2017–18 NBA Stats
2018–19 NBA Projections
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22.2
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5.3
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4.9
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2.0
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0.4
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2017–18 Fantasy 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... read more
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 game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from deep. His emergence as a legitimate ballhandling threat and pseudo point guard elevated his game to new heights, increasing the number of ways he can rack up Fantasy points on any given night. While it’s unclear at the moment if that’s the role he’ll play with his new team, Jeff Teague, the Wolves’ point guard, is no slouch as a spot-up shooter. Butler even collected two triple-doubles last season and had an absolutely dominant performance against the Hornets where he dropped 52 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and only two turnovers. Due to his recent overall play, the fact that he’s slated to be on a more talented roster, and his big-game potential, Butler should be seriously considered within the top 15 picks of any Fantasy draft.
HT: 6'7"    WT: 220 lbs.    DOB: 9/14/1989    College: Marquette    Drafted: 1st Rd, #30 Overall in 2011Show Contract
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Jimmy Butler Contract Info:
Signed a five-year, $92.34 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2015. Traded to the Timberwolves in June of 2017.
Undergoes minor hand procedure
GMinnesota Timberwolves
July 26, 2018
Butler underwent an elective right hand procedure Tuesday, but has already returned to offseason activities.
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  1. Jimmy Butler 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Jimmy Butler 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Jimmy Butler 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. Jimmy Butler 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Jimmy Butler 2013–14 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Jimmy Butler 2012–13 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Jimmy Butler 2011–12 Preseason Outlook
    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.
Jimmy Butler News Updates
Turns down extension offer
GMinnesota Timberwolves
July 13, 2018
Butler, according to Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, has turned down a four-year, $110 million extension from Minnesota, Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News reports.
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Won't need offseason procedure
GMinnesota Timberwolves
April 30, 2018
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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Sits out fourth quarter with knee soreness
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Knee
April 25, 2018
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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Frustrated in home loss Monday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
April 23, 2018
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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