Jimmy Butler just wants to win. He could care less about the personal stats, he just wants to walk away at the end of the night with a victory. There is a reason he went to Miami. Now, in his first year in Miami, he has led the Heat to the NBA Finals. He hasn’t put up the best stats on the team necessarily, but he doesn’t need to. The reason why is because he is the heart and soul of this team, and a lot of stuff that he does on and off the court goes severely unnoticed.
“We”, not “I”
Jimmy Butler is a leader for multiple reasons, and the proof is in the pudding. The pudding of course, being the players. Think about the last interview you saw in which a Heat player was present and was interviewed. Did we hear a lot of I’s? NO. We heard a lot of we’s. For example, in an interview with Tyler Herro, Herro gives a perfect example of what the Heat are all about. In the first 30 seconds, he says “we” 9 times, and “I” 0 times. That’s only 30 seconds in! That comes from leadership in the locker room, and it is likely that Jimmy Butler laid down the rules to the young rookies like Tyler Herro, telling them it’s not all you, it’s “we”. That means, the Heat do this as a team, not one singular person takes the credit, the whole team does. And when the team loses, the whole team takes the fault as well, not just one person. Jimmy Butler, as the veteran presence, has to have something to do with that mentality. Jimmy Butler has got this locker room thinking differently, and it’s paid off thus far.
Let Jimmy be Jimmy
Another key to the Heat’s success is the role Jimmy Butler plays. It is too much for some teams, like the Sixers, who decided to not sign him back in August 2019. The reason they let him go was because he is a “disruption” in the locker room. The Sixers decided to not re-sign Jimmy for that precise reason, and resigned a guy named Tobias Harris who would not disrupt the team. The truth is, he’s not a disruption, he just wants the team to be better. He speaks up when he sees something that can be fixed, whether it’s with the coaching or with the players. If you let Butler do this, you can go very far. Erik Spoelstra realized that he had to let “Jimmy be Jimmy” and in that process, has received a leader in return.
The Stats Never Lie
There are more stats than just points per game, and a stat that should be looked at more is Jimmy’s Offensive win shares. He ranks seventh in the league this year in Offensive win shares. Offensive win shares are a measure of how many wins a player contributes to his team due to his offense. He has been amazing on the offensive end. But overall, he is 8th in the NBA with 9 total win shares. He ranks above guys like Luka Doncic, Chris Paul, and Kawhi Leonard. That’s the effect he has on his team, not just in your normal stat line.
Jimmy Butler has changed the culture around the Miami Heat. The changes are visible, and as the Heat go for their fourth title of the century, you can bet your bottom dollar that Jimmy Butler will be a huge reason why if the Heat come away victorious.
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Jimmy Butler is more than your normal all star. He is one of the best motivators, and by him and his team buying into the Heat way, he has been able to lead his team to the NBA Finals.Last modified: October 20, 2020