Today in Sports History: January 1

By Jonah Sharf

On January 1, 2012, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler made his professional debut for the Chicago Bulls in a 104-64 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the massive win, the rookie Butler only played five-and-a-half minutes, recording two points and two rebounds. Butler didn’t earn regular minutes during his first season, averaging only 8.5 minutes per game and 2.6 points per game. However, by his fourth season, he earned his first All-Star selection and averaging 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. So far in his career, the now-76ers guard—in addition to being a four-time All-Star—is a two-time All-NBA Third Team selection, four-time All-Defensive Second Team, and earned a Most Improved Player Award in 2015.


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