Last night, Jimmy Butler got his first win with the Philadelphia 76ers. Not only that, but it was also his home debut with the team. And he didn’t disappoint, scoring 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting while adding seven assists. More than that, though, is the fact that he’s having fun with Philadelphia. It’s only been two games, but he loves his new teammates.
And he’s not hiding it whatsoever.
“It’s so fun to win. So much more fun to play with these guys,” Butler told NBC Sports Philadelphia following the win (via ESPN).
Throughout the evening, Philly fans chanted their new star’s name proudly and loudly. And don’t worry, Jimmy Buckets took notice.
“The crowd was amazing,” he added.
Still, the mission remains the same for the elite two-way player. No matter where he plays, there’s only one goal.
“Everybody wants to win, and when somebody messes up, you talk to them and they do their job,” Butler said of his new teammates. “…When you put five really good basketball players out there, the job is easy because the ball is going to move.”
With the win, the 76ers climb to 10-7 — currently placing them fifth out East. Though, they’re only 2.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors (12-4). They’re 1-1 since acquiring Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves. But as the season rolls on, we can only assume the team will get more comfortable with one another. It already sounds like they’re at that level, actually. It’s a far cry from the dysfunction during his time with the T-Wolves.
Up next, they take on the Charlotte Hornets (7-7) tonight. Will they take another step forward?