Do Chicago Bulls Need Jimmy Butler’s Offense or Defense More?

September 15th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

It's only natural for an NBA player in his mid-20s to undergo a period in which he questions his identity. But for Jimmy Butler, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday in style, the answer could very well determine how much of a threat the Chicago Bulls become in the Eastern Conference. 

When this swingman was leaving Marquette and preparing to overcome the odds in the Association, defense was the cornerstone on which he built his reputation. He was a lockdown stopper with the Golden Eagles, so effective on that end of the floor that his lackluster offensive game was almost irrelevant. 

As a rookie during the 2011-12 campaign, the No. 30 pick averaged just 2.6 points while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. He couldn't connect from the outside, and he generated an equal amount of assists as he did turnovers. 

But Butler has steadily improved throughout his time in the league, and this past year, he used his many talents to become a bona fide superstar on the offensive end while earning a max contract with the Bulls. In 2014-15, he posted 20 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists during his typical outing ...

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