Third Year

Butler was expected to break out and become Derrick Rose’s all star shooting guard going into the 2013-2014 season, but there were other things in store for the season. Butler went down with a slew of injuries for the first month of the season. And more importantly, Rose tore his meniscus just ten games into the season. Butler would return in December, but dealt with turf toe throughout the entire season. He continued to play strong defense, but his offense efficiency dropped dramatically, despite having a more important offensive role. That season the Bulls were known for the low-tempo grind it out defense due to their complete lack of offensive talent. The highlight of the year was the Bulls  OT defeat of the Miami Heat 95-88. Butler showcased his defense in a game saving strip of Lebron to force overtime. Despite an overachieving season, considering the loss of Derrick Rose, it still led to a disappointing first round loss to the Washington Wizards. But the next year was going to be must different.

Below is a photo of Butler and Wizards forward Nenê Hilario getting into it during the 2014 playoffs