The Jimmy Butler of old has emerged a new man in Philadelphia from what Minnesota offered to him. And he just cannot let the Timberwolves go.
“Night and day,” Butler told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “Ben [Simmons] sees the game steps ahead, and Joel Embiid is a monster inside. So I’m envisioning what we can be.”
With the win against Phoenix tonight, Philadelphia has now won three of four since Butler started suiting up for the Sixers. And thus far, he is averaging 18.3 points on 55.3 percent shooting. That includes a game-winner against the Hornets on Saturday.
Butler did face criticism over his relationship with former teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. But he’s appearing to gel much better with his new teammates — even in navigating playing time with Simmons. Not to mention, ball-handling and potential chemistry issues. But Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand said “the deal was a no-brainer.”
“When you can add a talented four-time All-Star, you got to do it and then worry about everything else afterward,” Brand told reporters. “We already lost to Milwaukee, we already lost to Boston, we already lost to Toronto. We needed to take a shot, take a leap. …You get the talent first. Talent wins.”
The Sixers will have a day off before hosting the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. It looks like everything is going swimmingly. That’s definitely more than we can say about his time in Minnesota.