Bulls Butler Makes NBA Third Team

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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 28: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quartefinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and […]

For the first time in his career, Jimmy Butler has been named to the All-NBA Third Team. Butler is the first Bull to make an All-NBA Team since Pau Gasol (second) in the 2014-15 season.

Butler played in 76 games (75 starts) in 2016-17 and averaged career highs across the board with 23.9 ppg (14th in the NBA), 6.2 rpg, 5.5 apg (T-23rd) and 1.88 spg (5th) in 37.0 mpg (T-4th). He is one of five players in the NBA this regular season to average at least 20.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 5.0 apg, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

He scored 20 or more points in 15 consecutive games from Nov. 7 to Dec. 6, a career-long streak and the longest by a Bull since Michael Jordan in the 1995-96 season (24 straight). Butler posted five games of at least 40 points in the regular season, which tied for fifth-most in the league, and his 55 games with 20 or more points are the most in a season in his career.

In recording two triple-doubles this season, he became the first Bull to record back-to-back seasons with multiple triple-doubles since Joakim Noah in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Of his 15 double-doubles this season, Butler recorded double-doubles in four games in a row from March 21-26 for the first time in his career.

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