Jimmy Butler has come a long way from his stint with the Chicago Bulls some time ago. He has now evolved into a true leader for the Miami Heat, and for this he has credited his former Chicago teammates for helping mold him to the man he is today.
Butler has paid it forward, and is now serving as the veteran presence for Heat rookie Tyler Herro. For Butler, he has his former vets to thank for this:
Butler shouts out Deng, Boozer, DRose and Noah as veterans who helped him learn the game the way he has helped Herro in his rookie year.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) September 24, 2020
The Bulls drafted Jimmy Butler in 2011, and he came up on a strong squad coached by Tom Thibodeau and led by Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Carlos Boozer. Butler learned how to be a leader in these formative years and has taken these lessons to Miami.
Both Butler and Herro were tremendous for the Heat on Wednesday, as they led Miami to a huge Game 4 victory against the Boston Celtics.
Butler finished with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting and 8-of-9 from the stripe, including a few crucial makes in the final minute. He added nine rebounds, three dimes, a steal, a block, and just one turnover in 39 minutes of play.
There’s no denying, however, that it was Herro who stole the show on Wednesday. The rookie came out with the performance of his young career, logging a career-high 37 points on a very efficient 14-of-21 from the field. He also collected six boards and three assists while also going 5-of-10 from distance. The 20-year-old was on fire all night long, and his heroics proved to be the biggest factor in Miami’s win.
From being a go-to guy during his younger years, Jimmy Butler has now evolved into a more rounded player who has also had a huge impact on the development of his younger teammates such as Herro. Butler has embraced his new role, and needless to say, it has worked wonders for him and his team.