By: Cori Thompson
Jimmy Butler is having a career high season and is proving to be the go-to guy for the Chicago Bulls. Butler has not only been making some crucial plays in the fourth quarter, but he is also putting up some big numbers to carry the Bulls through some big wins. Butler has been taking over 2017, and it has only just begun.
Butler started the new year off by putting up 52 points against the Charlotte Hornets and carrying the Bulls to a 118-111 victory. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said, “It’s an understatement that Jimmy was phenomenal tonight,”. Butler was just getting started, as he scored 14 of his team’s 23 points in the fourth quarter of a big game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Out of this 14, he scored 10 points straight to keep the Cavaliers from making a late comeback. The Bulls topped the Cavaliers 106-94
Just three days later, Butler scored 40 points against the Toronto Raptors to win 123-118 in overtime. Butler’s teammate Doug McDermott said, “It’s impressive… big time players making big time plays” after Butler helped close out the team’s victory.
These big time plays have proved to pay off for Butler as he has just been named a starter for the 2017 NBA All-Star game. This will be his third time being selected to play an All-Star game, and his first time being selected to start. Butler did not play in the 2016 All-Star game due to an injury. Butler said, “A lot of love, I really appreciate it. I will see y’all in New Orleans,” as he thanked everyone who voted him to be a starter.
Butler is making a name for himself this year, and it’s only January. The Bulls are currently 28-29. Even though they are currently seventh in their conference, there is still plenty of time to make a run for the playoffs. If Butler continues to perform as he has to start off the year, the Bulls will be able to make a run for the championships.