Jimmy Butler gets nod as Bulls most valuable franchise player

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Jimmy Butler wasn’t drafted to be the Bulls go-to player but, at times last year, he was the team’s main option for perimeter playmaking.

Although this role was meant (and still is) for Derrick Rose, it is becoming more apparent that this Bulls team will be inherited by Butler. The only question is how long until he’s Chicago’s franchise player.

According to Five Thirty Eight’s CARMELO player index, Butler’s time as the Bulls’ main guy is eminent.

The Bulls have a new star in Jimmy Butler, an athletic wing defender with a growing arsenal of offensive moves. If Butler’s comps seem a little underwhelming, that’s partly because, consistent with the Bulls’ team-oriented philosophy, some of his contributions are subtle and unselfish. He’s outstanding at drawing fouls and avoiding turnovers, for example.

Butler ranked as the No. 17 overall franchise player and teammate Nikola Mirotic finished at the No. 44 spot. The Bulls future may be bright if the management and fanbase support its two rising players.

A strong season from Mirotic may encourage Bulls nation to appreciate what they have in its new stars.

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