In any sport, the playoffs are where the stars create legends. The NBA playoffs are no exception. In the NBA, teams are said to usually need a superstar or superstars to compete for a championship. Jimmy Butler was a Miami Heat man, but he was never considered an upper-level player at the NBA rim. In this postseason, however, Butler may have played the best of the rest. While Butler has been great in these playoffs, I think he’s the most underrated star still playing.
Going into the semifinals, seven of the eight teams had at least one player in the top 10 of MVP voting. Miami is the only team without a player receiving an MVP vote. The Phoenix Suns have two with Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Butler was never considered a top 10 player in the NBA, but he outperformed most of them in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
There seems to be something in the playoffs that is driving Butler out of his mind.he already has two 40 points performance The playoffs after zero points in 57 regular-season games. His scoring average in the playoffs improved from 21.4 to 28.3. He averaged more than 26 points per game in the series against Philadelphia, and Miami advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.
When talking about the best players in the league, Butler’s name is never mentioned in the top five or top ten. Most of the time, he wasn’t even mentioned in the top fifteen. It’s hard to argue with Jimmy playing like a top-three player this postseason. He proved it again last night in Game 6, closing out the Sixers in Philadelphia with a game-high 32 points in a 99-90 victory. Even in Miami’s loss, Butler’s performance kept the Heat from striking distance.
In Game 4, Butler had 40 points in an 8-point loss, but his supporting cast did little to help. Butler did everything he could to keep Miami alive in that game, and they’re still in this one.
Although Miami is No. 1 seed In the East, some people think that Philadelphia Will be able to handle them with ease, as Miami doesn’t have “superstars.” Butler has shown that while he may not be considered at that level, he will play against anyone when his team needs him the most, look at you James Harden.
Now that Butler and the Heat are in the Western Conference finals again, maybe it’s time to reconsider our thoughts on who is and isn’t a superstar. Anthony Davis has been seen as a high-level talent for years, and even before heading to Los Angeles, he led New Orleans to just one first-round elimination during his time there. Butler brought the Heat back to the European Championship for the second time in three years. To me, that sounds like major star power.