Now that offseason news for the Chicago Bulls has tapered off, we have started discussing some of the players’ best moments from this past season. So far, we have talked about the likes of former Bulls D.J. Augustin, Carlos Boozer along with Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy.Today, we will take a look at the third-year player out of Marquette—Jimmy Butler.
After playing just 8.5 minutes per contest during his rookie season, Butler became an important part the team’s regular rotation during the 2012-13 campaign thanks in large part to injuries to Luol Deng. In 20 appearances as a starter, his averages included 14 points and seven rebounds per contest while shooting a respectable 45 percent from the field.
Butler’s impressive run continued into the postseason where he posted averages of 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 12 games. Butler played so well that some Bulls fans concluded the team had finally found the player who could effectively play the 2-guard alongside Derrick Rose in the backcourt.
But thanks to injuries Butler sustained early in the season, that did not quite materialize as he struggled to find his rhythm after missing 11 consecutive games from late November to mid-December. While Butler did not hit the jump shot with the same consistency he did the year before, he did post career-high in points (13.1) and he averaged 38.7 minutes per game, which ranked second in the league behind Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Although Butler did not take the next step towards becoming the dual-threat player that many had hoped for, he did have some memorable games from this season. That being said, let’s take a look back at some of his best performances from 2013-14.
Please note: this is list is composed of games in which Butler scored at 17 points while shooting better than 50 percent from the field.