Today in Sports History: January 1

By Brandon Zhu

In 2012, Jimmy Butler made his Chicago Bulls’ debut in a 104-64 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Butler was the 30th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. Unafraid of criticism and hard work, Butler’s vocal leadership and gritty style of play made him one of the best players in the NBA. In Chicago, Butler broke Michael Jordan’s team record for points in an NBA half. In one game, Butler scored 40 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Butler currently plays for the Miami Heat and led them to the 2020 NBA finals. The Heat lost the NBA finals in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers, but Butler proved his leadership and tenacious style of play. Butler averaged 22.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6 assists in the 2020 playoffs. Butler’s other accolades include 3x All-NBA Third Team, 4x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, NBA Most Improved Player 2015, and 5x NBA All-Star.

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