Jimmy Butler was traded from the Timberwolves to the 76ers in hope to find himself a new home and in a way he did. A tough team and city but the team that was at times 6 deep only as no one could produce quality minutes or efforts off the bench.
Philadelphia 18/19 Stats: 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.0 apg/ 46% fg 34% 3p
What exactly does jimmy butler bring to the table?
Jimmy Butler is a level under Kawhi and is going to instantly improve your defense and give you another scoring option on your team.
Philly may just sign Tobias Harris and let Jimmy Buckets go because he was just not the right fit for this team. His personality matched with the team, the culture and the city but not his skill set.
There are three ideal teams Jimmy Butler can join that are not mentioned in mainstream media.
1. Golden State Warriors
I understand this may sound crazy but the Warriors are a perfect fit for Butler. When Butler joins a team he sees his teammates around him as a family and that is how Golden States locker room is. Jimmy Buckets is a winner and can bring the intensity on defense with Draymond and Klay and possibly become the best defense in the NBA. Jimmy Butler and his ability to create his own shot and close out games on both ends of the floor also gives the Warriors a great replacement for Boogie and KD. If Klay Gets the max and Butler takes a pay cut for a 2+1 player option contract meaning he can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of his 2nd year. Given the expertise of his offensive game, he can translate into a spot up shooter and when needed he can take over games.
2. Utah Jazz
The Jazz have been a great defensive team and Rubio has proven to be a liability on defense and not the best offensive threat. If Mitchell can adjust to running point and controlling the offense he can pair up with Butler int he backcourt and be an immediate contender. Butler has gone through some hard times in Philly trying to fit in but I believe his game can benefit a system like Utah who likes to ISO Mitchell and can then put Butler in some of those actions as well. Adding someone who can really mentor Mitchell and bring another dog into that team so they can buff up their toughness. Not to mention they have one of the best ranked defenses in the league ranked 2nd. Adding Butler would probably buff up this defense and help Quin Snyder and the Jazz front office to attract some key bench players if they sign Butler.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
Considering everything from personality to play style it is my conclusion that the absolute best fit for Butler would be on the Clippers. His winning mindset and dog mentality put him in a perfect spot to become the Alpha of this rising franchise and make another push for the best team in LA 2 years in a row. Offensively you have another closer next to Lou Will and Harrell for the 4th quarter. Butler can turn it up when necessary and in Philadelphia has shown he does not always need the ball in his hands to make an impact. Adding a great offensive talent to Doc’s p&r system will further help the franchise make the deep playoff run they could have made this year. With this, you now have a Beverley and Butler backcourt defensive duo which you can live with day in and day out to play hard defense and accumulate multiple stops. Wherever Butler goes his defensive impact follows and any team can improve with him. Butler and Harris have ties with the Clippers so Butler can potentially bring Tobias Harris back with him and they would become the third best team in the league as stands.