For Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, new acquisition Jimmy Butler is a gift.
As per Keith Pompey of philly.com, Brown showered Butler with praises, tagging him as an elite player. He pointed out Butler’s defensive abilities, which extend further up to the game’s critical moments:
“It’s a gift that you think you know what you have,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the four-time All-Star and four-team all-defensive performer. “To see it unfold in real time, it’s elite all over the place. You have an all-league defensive player, making an all-league defensive play in crunch time. And you have an NBA All-Star winning the game in real time at the other end.”
Brown’s comments came after their 122-119 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, all thanks to a 3-pointer from Butler in the game’s closing seconds. The win spoiled Kemba Walker’s career night, as he finished the game with 60 points — a career-high mark.
Butler finished the game with only 15 points, but he performed like the superstar he is when the game went to overtime. Prior to draining the game-winning 3, he put up a defensive stand against Walker by blocking his shot attempt and saving the ball from going out of bounds.
Indeed, the Sixers likely won this trade. They started off the season relatively slow amid high expectations, but now with a proven star in Jimmy Butler, things are looking good for Philly.