2011 NBA Draft: Jimmy Butler Increases His Draft Stock at the PIT

April 9th, 2011 by Zach Herring Leave a reply »
Jimmy Butler has increased his draft stock with three solid games at the PIT (Portsmouth Invitational Tournament) in Portsmouth, Virginia. Butler is coming off a great senior season at Marquette, where he averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

In his first game of the tournament, Butler came out and scored 19 points, shooting 6-11 from the field and dishing out four assists. Butler showed his great basketball IQ, ability to find the open shooter and can score in a variety ways. He showed great ability to drive and had a great dunk in transition. Butler was definitely the standout of day one. He showed the same leadership that helped lead Marquette to the Sweet 16 back in March.

In Butler's second game of the tournament, he showed the same high shooting percentage that he did in Game 1. Butler shot 7-11 from the field, scoring 18 points while grabbing a total of five rebounds. He was able to once again drive past defenders for easy buckets and drained a few mid-range jumpers as well. Butler also exhibited some good defensive skills, blocking two shots.

In the third and final game, the championship, Butler once again came out on a tear, sc ...

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