By Daniel Rodriguez
Jimmy “Buckets” Butler is the embodiment of the phrase “Rags to Riches.”
As most NBA fans know by now, the Tomball native, a small city located on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, was homeless by the young age of 13. Now, nearly 18 years later, Jimmy Butler is leading a young Miami Heat team to the NBA finals.
We are witnessing an incredible postseason run from Jimmy Butler this season. Seeing what Butler has been capable of this postseason has really made me think. Given, if he can continue to perform at All-Star caliber level standards for the next few years, does this postseason run solidify Butlers’ Hall of Fame probability?
Lets take a look at Jimmy Butlers‘ career thus far:
- 5x All-Star
- 3x All-NBA
- 4x All-Defensive
- 2014-2015 Most Improved Player
Jimmy Butler has quietly been one of the most consistent players in the league over the last half-decade.
So far he has career averages of:
- 17.0 PPG
- 5.1 RPG
- 3.7 APG
- 1.6 SPG
- 0.5 BPG
- 45.4 FG%
- 33.3 3PT%
Year in and year out, Butler has been one of the toughest competitors in the league. His fierce persona has solidified himself as one of the hardest working athletes throughout the NBA. Butler has also been one of the top defenders since entering the league.
Up to this point, I personally believe Butler had been hovering around something I like to call the “DeMar DeRozan Status.” Meaning, he’s had a great career up until this point, but he’s just missing that one little thing to push him over the top and into Springfield. Personally, I believe this postseason run has solidified that, and Butler has rightfully earned himself a future spot in the Hall of Fame.
With this being said, do you believe Jimmy Butler is a future Hall of Famer?