Jimmy Butler passes Dwyane Wade, trails only LeBron James for Heat milestone
Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat delivered a triple-double on Thursday night in a 101-94 victory over the Houston Rockets. His big production of 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists gave Butler his sixth triple-double in his short Heat career.
According to ESPN Statistics & Information, Butler passed arguably the greatest player to wear a Heat jersey, Dwyane Wade, and put him behind only LeBron James for most triple-doubles in team history.
Jimmy Butler has his 6th triple-double with the Heat (including the playoffs).
That passes Dwyane Wade for 2nd-most in Heat history.
Only LeBron James has more (14). pic.twitter.com/tr5QawPdoo
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 12, 2021
Since joining the Heat last season, Butler has seen his usage rate increase as a do-it-all superstar for coach Erik Spoelstra. The former Marquette standout has always been a hard worker on both ends, allowing him to produce all-around numbers.
While having six triple-doubles isn’t exactly eye-popping these days, Butler’s feat sounds more impressive considering he has yet to play what would normally be referred to as a full season with the Heat.
Due to the shortened season last year as well his extended three-week absence this year due to COVID-19, the 31-year-old Butler has only played in 71 total games for the Heat in the regular season. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the heavy load he had last year’s NBA Playoffs, where he led the league in minutes played (806), free throws made (164) and attempted (191), and steals (41).
Butler delivered some of his best performances in the NBA Bubble last season on the way to a surprising run to the Finals, where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Jimmy Butler recorded two striking triple-doubles in their inspired postseason run.