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Bulls guard Jimmy Butler takes a shot in practice at the Advocate Center on April 29th.

CHICAGO – As May rolls on one of the bigger free agents in the NBA this summer is raising his price just a little bit more.

At this rate, the Bulls might have to really pay up to get Jimmy Butler to put on the red again for the next few years.

On Wednesday the guard was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive 2nd team-a list that honors the league’s best defenders. Its the second honor of the postseason for Butler who received the league’s Most Improved Player award during the Cleveland series.

While the former award is a little more important than the latter it does recognize the abilities that Butler has on the defensive end. While that 20 points per game average stands out the most about the fourth-year player’s breakout season he also collected 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game. During the Bulls’ 12 playoff games his rebound numbers held steady but his steals increased to 2.4 a contest.

Butler also garnered praise for his defense against LeBron James in the second round series against Cleveland. While James was able to get his points (26.2 average over six games) Butler kept him to a pedestrian 39 percent from the field and just ten percent from behind the three-point line. In two games during the series he also held LeBron to under 20 points.

 

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