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Jimmy Butler is the perfect on-court fit for 76ers

Andrew Porter
September 19, 2018 - 2:47 pm

I know there are some peripheral things to be cautious about when it comes to Jimmy Butler. He doesn't last on teams, teammates don't like him, etc. 

Spike Eskin did a good job of laying out the case for why the Sixers should NOT go after Butler, who reportedly has requested a trade from Minnesota

Butler, 29, has a player option in 2019-20 before becoming a free-agent. He reportedly has a list of 1-3 teams where he'd be willing to sign an extension, and the Sixers are not one of them. 

But still, plenty of players get traded to teams that aren't on their "list." (See Leonard, Kawhi). And Vegas thinks the Sixers are the most likely new team for Butler to start the season on. 

At 6'8", Butler is one of the best two-way wings in the NBA. The four-time all-star has averaged 20-plus point per game in each of the past four seasons, which an average true shooting percentage of 58.0. 

For his career, Butler is a 45.2% FG / 33.9% 3FG / 83.2% FT shooter. 

Butler would fit into the Sixers' rotation rather seamlessly, an instant upgrade over Robert Covington. And if the Sixers are able to acquire Butler without giving up Markelle Fultz, a core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Fultz, and Butler would certainly work. Ben would be the point-forward, Fultz would play the off-ball combo guard role, Butler would be the three-and-D wing, and Embiid would do what he does. 

The Sixers may want Butler more than he wants them, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try.