Heat news: Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew Jimmy Butler would take Miami to another level
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Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew Jimmy Butler would take Heat to another level

Brad Stevens, Jimmy Butler

The Miami Heat are 15-5 on the season, good for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Jimmy Butler has been everything that Heat president Pat Riley envisioned he would be when the Hall of Famer acquired the small forward from the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer in a blockbuster sign-and-trade deal.

The Heat take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in a matchup of two of the best teams in the East. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens isn’t surprised by how well Miami has played this season because he knew Butler would take the Heat to another level on both sides of the ball.

In 16 games this season, Butler is averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists. The four-time All-Star is shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from beyond the arc and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The Celtics had a few chances to acquire Butler from the Chicago Bulls when Chicago was taking trade calls for Jimmy back in the day. Instead, Boston watched Butler go from the Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota to Philadelphia, and finally Philly to Miami.

With Butler in the fold, the Heat are well on their way to getting back to the playoffs after missing it last season.