Jimmy Butler got some help back in 2013 that helped him transform from a defensive minded player to a two-way star leading the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Chicago Bulls‘ fans may remember coming into the 2013 NBA season that Jimmy Butler was far from a household NBA name. Butler was entering his second year with the Bulls, a late first-round pick who had averaged only 8 mpg and 2.6 ppg in his largely nondescript rookie season. There was no “Butler buzz'” heading into his second year on West Madison.
Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls were hopeful Butler could become an impact player on the defensive end of the court. Butler was willing to do whatever it took to get on the court and Thibs loved himself some hard-nosed defense.