Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler, right, drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Yup, that’s what Jimmy Butler will be bringing to the Minnesota Timberwolves this incoming season. Imagine the depth chart: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, and (as long as they don’t trade him) Ricky Rubio. Finally the ‘promise’ of the Timberwolves has been solidified.
After this past season, many saw the potential of the team. Now, they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. The arrival of Butler, a three-time ALl-Star and 2015’s Most Improved Player, concretizes so many things for them.
What does Jimmy Butler bring to the table?
23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and a presence in clutch situations. Butler is a go-to-guy down the stretch, something the Timberwolves have missed these past few seasons. Now, they have one of the best in the biz. After struggling to close games out, they now have someone to get the ball to when the going gets tough.
Towns. Wiggins. Butler. Doesn’t the word ‘explosive’ just naturally come to mind?
This isn’t just a new player finding a new spot though. This is also a reunion between Jimmy Butler and his former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. In the four years they were together in Chi-Town, the duo won a total of 193 regular season games, and made the Playoffs all the time. From averaging just 2.6 points per game in his rookie year, Butler went on to win the Most Improved Player three seasons later, under Coach Thibs’ guidance.
Of course, Butler will also lift this team’s defense tremendously. It’s why he’s the perfect Thibodeau player. He’ll set the tone for the young’uns, and the end result is a big boost on both ends of the court for the Timberwolves.
The future should be great for this team. While I can’t predict an automatic Playoffs seat, Minnesota should be a tough opponent next season. If they do finally return to the postseason though, it will be a huge boost, and another testament to the Butler-Thibodeau duo.
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