Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler will be named Most Improved Player of the NBA 2014-15 on Thursday, according to ESPN. Sources revealed that Butler will be crowned on Friday as the Bulls’ take on Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center in front of his home fans in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.
In a season, during which he was plagued by injury, Butler had to sit-out for 17 games. But in spite of that he raised his average to 13.1 games to 20 per game to become the Eastern Conference All Star for the first time. He also raised his shooting percentage to 46.2 from 39.7 from the floor. Butler’s shooting performance improved in all departments, as it reached 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. His previous was 28.3 percent. From the free throw line his graph increased to 83.4 percent from 76.9 percent. With such all-round upthrust Butler has become the key man in Bulls’ offense, averaging 24.1 points per game in the 7 playoff games.
“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,” team-man Butler said after his side conceded game 2 to the Cavs.
His maiden post-season award came last season as he was named to the all defensive second team. Butler now joins the club of recent MIP winners Kevin Love and Paul George and stands at the verge of evolving as a star from a mere promising player.