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Jimmy Butler had a breakout season first coming off the bench, then later as a starter.
As the bodies began to fall one by one, Butler’s stock rose higher. Clearly he is an early contender for the league’s Most Improved Player award next year.
Despite emerging as a player with star potential, Butler does not have a defined position on the basketball court.
Is Jimmy Butler a small forward or a 2-guard?
If the Bulls were to trade Luol Deng, then Butler will be the team’s new starter at the three. If Deng remains with Chicago, Butler moves to shooting guard.
What’s the difference?
At the off-guard position Butler will have to handle the ball at times. He must become faster with the ball in his hands. In other words, he has to work on dribbling and improve his passing.
Doing so will make the team better as a returning Derrick Rose will not have to be the lone ball-handler on the floor.
Another thing that Butler must work on is his shooting. If he can expand and solidify his shooting range during the summer, the entire team would reap the benefits.
Imagine how dangerous the Bulls would be if Butler can average 17 points a game. That would be the highest scoring average Chicago has had from a full-time starter at shooting since Michael Jordan.