Jimmy Butler Receives NBA’s Most Improved Player Award After Stellar Season With Bulls
Jimmy Butler is making a name for himself as one of the elite members of the Chicago Bulls and was recently recognized by the NBA as the most improved player. With his help, the Bulls have what it takes to go even further in the playoffs.
Butler may not be the type of player to gain attention for an MVP Award like recent recipient Stephen Curry, but he is constantly improving his game and the league has taken notice. He was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the first time this year and has been an important part of the success of the team.
Without Derrick Rose for much of the season, other players have had to step up their game and one of those has been Butler. He was the clear choice for the most improved player and received 92 out of a possible 129 first-place votes from a panel of media members. He earned 535 points total, with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green finishing as runner-up with 200 points, including 11 first-place votes.
He is getting love from his teammates and players around the league, including former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen.
Congrats to @JimmyButler on taking home the NBA's Most Improved Player Award! He's come so far and is only getting better.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) May 7, 2015
Jimmy Butler is a forward for the Chicago Bulls and the team seems to be getting stronger all the time, despite the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who switched up their roster last night. The Bulls won the first game of the series in Cleveland, which some people will call a steal, and the Bulls head back to their home court on Friday for game 3 of the series.
Just as they did with Curry on Tuesday, the league’s most improved player will also be honored Friday with an on-court presentation at the United Center before Chicago’s home matchup against Cleveland.
Of course, winning an award is great, but Butler is more concerned with winning a title and said after the game, “I want to win this series, I want to win the championship, and at the end of the season, maybe that Most Improved award will mean a lot more.”
Jimmy Butler was able to boost his scoring average this season from 13.1 points per game to 20.0 and also raised his shooting percentage from 39.7 percent from the floor last season to 46.2 percent.