Jimmy Butler leads all NBA shooting guards in real plus-minus

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You know Jimmy Butler has been good this year, but did you know that he’s been this good?

According to ESPN, Butler leads all shooting guards in real plus-minus, which is measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions while taking into account other factors such as teammates and opponent.

But not only does Butler RPM of 4.71 rank best among all 2 guards, it’s nearly double that of James Harden, who ranks second (2.53).

After Harden, there’s a huge drop off. Langston Galloway is third at 1.82, followed by Nicolas Batum (1.35) and Jeremy Lamb (1.28).

Among all players Butler ranks ninth, behind a top five of Steph Curry (8.85), Russell Westbrook (7.23), Kyle Lowry (6.99), LeBron James (6.43) and Draymond Green (5.68).

Butler’s WAR (the estimated number of team wins attributable to each player) is 2.19, meaning instead of 9-5, the Bulls would likely be 7-7 if they didn’t have Butler.

He ranks seventh among all players in the category.

Derrick Rose, meanwhile, has a WAR of zero, meaning the Bulls are currently no better with him than they would be without him.

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All stats via ESPN.


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