Today in Sports History: January 1

Jimmy Butler made his debut with the Chicago Bulls in a 2012 game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Butler was selected as the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft but the 2011 lockout shortened his rookie season and Butler only played 42 games. The next two seasons, Butler set career in multiple games and was selected for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The same year, he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and was selected as an NBA All-Star three more times. Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he played for one season (2017-8) before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. During a 2018 game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Butler was shifted from small forward to point guard and he racked up 20 points and six assists. He currently plays for the Miami Heat and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after he averaged 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game in December, 2019.

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