Jimmy Butler has been outstanding for the Miami Heat in the playoffs this year, recording his third 40-point game of the year in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics.
Butler’s performance has been top-notch so far, which caused ‘First Things First’ Nick Wright to reconsider his decision to leave Butler out of the famed ‘Club Superstar’.
‘Club Superstar’ was discussed a week ago and featured 12 NBA stars – including Luka Doncic and Steph Curry, who are still in contention for the 2022 title, while granting entry to Jayson Tatum – in place of Anthony Davis.
The elite club had Butler waiting behind Devin Booker and Trae Young, who failed to impress in the playoffs this year.
Speaking about Jimmy Butler showing up in the playoffs, Nick Wright said:
“He [Butler] proves we made a major omission in ‘Club Superstar’
“Listen, this is a new establishment. We have managerial decisions to make. Everyone is on probation; and maybe our last goalkeeper should have had Jimmy Butler not just on the back row, but right in the club.
Over the past few years, Jimmy Butler has been able to improve his playoff game, despite being an average contributor during the regular season.
He’s shown time and time again that he can step up and contribute offensively, especially when the stakes are high. Butler was exceptional in the 2020 Playoffs and has bounced back this year – after having a lackluster performance the previous year.
Nick Wright recognized Butler’s ability to elevate his playoff game, as he said:
“Jimmy Butler, Brou – in the last six years, five times scored 40 points, regular season and playoffs. Zero came in the regular season, all came in the playoffs.
“Playoff Jimmy is a real thing. He brings the same level of defensive intensity all year round, but he elevates the offense to superstar level – in the moments that matter most.
Jimmy Butler’s offense is crucial for the Miami Heat in the playoffs
Compared to the Celtics, it may seem like the Miami Heat had it easier – in terms of qualifying for the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics had to overtake superstar-level players in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Giannis Antetokounmpo, while only Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers could cause the Heat problems.
However, one of the reasons the Miami Heat were able to overtake the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers is Butler’s offensive explosion.
Butler averaged 30.5 points and 27.5 points through the first two rounds, respectively, and dropped 41 points in the Heat’s opener against the Celtics.
The Miami Heat are well known for their defensive strength, but offensive production has to be consistent and Butler was the guy to make it happen. This trend must continue, with other members of the unit participating in the Heat to overtake the defensive-minded Boston Celtics.