Jimmy Butler’s Elite 2-Way Play Keeping Chicago Bulls Afloat

December 9th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — The 2015-16 Chicago Bulls are a team full of familiar faces and familiar problems. By record, they’re in good shape, but the last week has shown they’re far from being a title club just yet.

Through all of the struggles and questions about identity, Chicago has had a common denominator to its success—one that emerged last year.

His name is Jimmy Butler.

“Jimmy does take great pride on that [defensive] end of the floor,” coach Fred Hoiberg said this week at practice. “He’s a two-way player. There’s not a lot of those in our league. But he’s always going to try to do his job on the defensive end of the floor. He’s a guy we have to find, especially when he’s got it going.”

With Derrick Rose struggling despite relatively good health and the Bulls’ other rotation mainstays failing to be consistent, Butler has established himself as Chicago’s best, most important player. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, he's carrying the load at both ends of the floor and bringing consistent effort on a team where that&r ...

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