Jimmy Butler’s January began with one record-breaking performance, and ended as one of the greatest months in Bulls history.
Butler broke a Michael Jordan record Jan. 3 by scoring 40 points in the second half of a game against the Raptors and finished the month with an average of 24.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 16 games.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN, the only other player in Bulls history to average at least 24 points, five rebounds and five assists over 15 or more games in a single month is Jordan, who accomplished the feat 12 times during his career.
His last such month came in Dec. 1992, when he averaged 30.9 points, 8.1 boards and 6.7 assists, according to Elias. Jordan finished that season with 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 points per game.
Butler began the month by averaging more than 32 points per night during the first three games and dropped a career-high 53 points in a Jan. 14 win over the 76ers.
He had five double-doubles and also posted career highs for rebounds (14 against Boston on Jan. 22) and assists (10 against Milwaukee Jan. 5, Boston Jan. 7 and Lakers Jan. 28). His total season numbers stand at 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Despite Butler’s historic stretch, Chicago finished the month just 8-8 and in third place in the Eastern Conference.
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Stats via Basketball-Reference