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It’s Time For Jimmy Butler to Play More Minutes For The Bulls

On Thursday night against the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls first round draft pick and former Marquette star Jimmy Butler played a season high 20 minutes off the bench.  I was very impressed with what I saw from the young rookie.  It’s been tough for him to get acclimated with almost everyone from last year’s rotation back and not getting enough practice time because of the NBA lockout.  I think its time to give Jimmy Butler more minutes and here’s why:

  • Injuries:  With injuries to Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton, the Bulls need the next guy in line to step up and in the last two games, the young Butler has shown promise.
  • Defense:  In last night’s game, Butler held Carmelo Anthony, one the best scorers in the NBA, to only four points in the fourth quarter.  That is no easy task.  Butler has good length and speed to cut off passing lanes and challenge shots.  I would rather have that in at the end of games then Kyle Korver’s 1st grade defense.
  • Offense: While he still has some room to improve, Butler hit down a couple key shots in the 4th quarter and showed that he is a slasher.  He even got to the line 3 times.

Coach Thibs should consider playing him more.



One response

  1. This is definitely the best year to have youth on the bench. With the shortened season, they will get plenty of time (more than they would in an 82) since Thibs will be resting Rose, Deng, etc. when he can. I haven’t been able to watch much as I’m not in Chicago, but the Bulls young bench will benefit from this and if we don’t see the fruits this year, we will in the next 5.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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