Jimmy Butler To Be Named Most Improved Player

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Chicago Bulls starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler will reportedly be named the 2014-15 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year. He will be officially awarded this upcoming week, most likely in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers when they play in the Chicago at the United Center.

Butler, the 4th year guard from Marquette, has improved in every statistical category since being drafted 30th overall in 2011. In the 2013-14 season he averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 39%. This year he averaged 20 points, 5.8 rebounds and improved his shooting percentage up to 46%. He has established himself has a great offensive threat and perimeter defender for the Bulls, possibly making him the best two-way guard in the league.

The other top candidates that received consideration for the award were Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton. Butler is a restricted free agent after the season is and Chicago will do whatever they can to keep him around for a lot longer.

@FonzyDeFalco

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