The Breakout

Going into the 2014-2015 season, Butler turned down a 4 year, $40 million extension. He said that he was chasing money, he just was “betting on himself”. Many thought he was very foolish to turn down the deal because he didn’t look like he could get much better after a disappointing 2014 season. None except for Butler himself could have predicted what happened next. In the first two months of the season, Butler averaged an astounding 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 39 minutes per game.  All of the sudden, after years of being merely a defensive role player, Butler was the leading scorer on a very good Bulls team. Later that year he was named as an Eastern Conference All Star along with teammate Pau Gasol. With Rose continuing to get better and better, and Joakim Noah getting in better and better shape, the Bulls are looking more and more like a championship contender. The Bulls have a chance to bring back a championship to Chicago for the first time since #23 donned the red and white, and Butler is leading the charge.

Watch Jimmy Butler's Highlights from his then career high 31 point playoff performace vs the Bucks