Dwyane Wade says that Jimmy Butler is doing what he and Rajon Rondo came to Chicago for him to do
The Chicago Bulls took on the Washington Wizards on Saturday night, coming away with a convincing 106-95 victory at the United Center. Jimmy Butler ended up with 37 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds on the night.
“(Butler) is leading us,” Wade said. “He’s doing what me and (Rajon) Rondo came here for him to do. That’s to really turn into a premier, premier player in this league — above just an All-Star. He’s defending the other team’s best guys, he’s rebounding, he’s passing, he’s scoring and he’s being aggressive. He’s good.”
Since initial concerns from fans about how Rondo and Wade would affect the team’s shooting, the Bulls have gotten off to a 6-4 start.
When Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah left Chicago in the summer, Butler was expected to take on the role as the team’s main scorer. So far this year, the 27-year-old is averaging 24.3 points, 4.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 34.1 minutes of play.
For the majority of Wade’s career, he has led his team on a nightly basis and can still dominate sporadically. However, since his time playing alongside LeBron James in Miami, he has found ways to contribute without taking over the game.
Both Rondo and Wade have a wealth of experience and success in the NBA, but there can be no doubt that this Chicago team belongs to Butler.