Second Year

Going into his sophomore season for Chicago, Butler and the team still forced to deal with Derrick Rose’s ACL tear from the year before. Rose wouldn’t return for the entire year, and this would give backups, such as Butler, a chance to shine. When All-Star swingman Luol Deng went out with a hamstring injury, Butler filled in admirably, averaging 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds as a starter. His best performance however, was his defensive stopping of Kobe Bryant. Butler held Bryant to 17 point on an inefficient 7-22 shooting for a grind it out Bulls win. He was also lauded for his defense on Lebron James, which game during the game the Bulls broke the Heat’s 27 game winning streak.  During the regular season, he averaged 8.6 points and 4 rebounds while playing 26 minutes a game. But it was the playoffs where Butler really began to show promise. In a total of 12 games, which included a 7 game series over the Nets and a 5 game loss to the Heat, Butler averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game, all while playing 43.6 minutes per game and guarding the opposing team’s best player.

Here are some highlights from the Bulls Game 1 upset over the Heat headlined by Butler's stellar performance!