Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

What to expect from Jimmy Butler in first game with Sixers

What to expect from Jimmy Butler in first game with Sixers

The Wolves were informed that Butler would stop playing.

Though his role and overall impact on his new team are not yet known, Butler has a desire to win and to do it with the Sixers.

Unfortunately for Riley and the Heat, the makeup of the roster and the contracts accompanying these players means it's going to take some serious creativity on the part of the Heat front office to get a worthwhile deal done. But he's been better recently, averaging 16.7 points per game while converting 50 percent from 3-point range over his final three games with the 76ers, so the Timberwolves may be getting him at a good time.

But scouts Brian Windhorst of ESPN spoke with had another interesting opinion: Butler helps Philly at the end of games because he wants the ball. Butler is a legitimate two-way player who can help ignite what has been an inconsistent offense.

He also said he's excited for Butler and his winning mindset to join the team.

Butler said he has talked to 76ers young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and dismissed the fact there might be issues with the two, as there was with Towns and Wiggins.

Covington and Butler are both good defenders, but Covington isn't almost the same caliber of scorer.

Kyle Korver is making $7.5 million this season and has $3.4 million guaranteed for the 2019-20 season. Butler's offensive rating this season of 122 would easily be the best on the Sixers this year, with the current highest being Embiid's 114.

Tolliver is averaging nearly 19.5 minutes per game so far, and his role on the floor has been clear with most of his shots (4.2 per game) coming from 3-point range. "It was more of a changed view of being able to get a superstar right now and seeing where other teams were", Brand said of the trade. This should pair well with Simmons, the Sixers' primary facilitator. Covington will be the more direct replacement for Butler, as Minnesota's new starting small forward, but Saric should eventually supplant Taj Gibson at power forward. The only teams in the East that may stand a chance against the new 76ers are the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors (never sleep on Kawhi Leonard).

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