Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo and rookie Tyler Herro claim small forward Jimmy Butler set the tone for the season during the first week of training camp.

Both players say Butler was unselfish and displaying great leadership qualities as soon as he joined the Heat:

“That’s when you start to figure out how good a team can be,” Adebayo told Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated. “Jimmy wasn’t really shooting the ball as much. He was getting people involved. A lot of guys use preseason to get their groove on, get that confidence up. But he used it to get his teammates involved. He’s that type of guy.”

“The first day, five-on-five, he was already talking crazy to other players,” Herro said. “Like, ‘This is what I expect. No matter whether it’s the summer, or whenever it is.’ That set the tone for the whole group, for the whole year.”

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Butler was reportedly blown away by all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Dwyane Wade’s last home game with the Heat last season. According to reports, Jimmy told friends after Wade’s final game in Miami against the Philadelphia 76ers that being able to see what the city and the organization are about left an enormous impact on him.

Butler is one of the best two-way players in the game and the Heat are very fortunate to have him. The 30-year-old is averaging 20.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season for the Heat while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 24.6 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free-throw line.