Jimmy Butler has become a fan favorite among Miami Heat during his time there. During the 2019-20 season, he led the team to the NBA Finals during the Orlando bubble. This season, he will attempt to lead the Miami Heat back, and this time, finish the job.
On an individual level, Jimmy Butler has had a stellar year this year. He is currently averaging 24.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 5.5 APG. Butler has also led the Miami Heat to an 11-5 record, which is good for 1st in the Eastern Conference.
After his recent 32 point performance against the Wizards, Jimmy Butler was asked about being in the awards conversation. Jimmy Butler claimed that all he is concerned about was getting a championship. He also added that individual awards don't do "anything" for him. Jimmy Butler's agent Bernie Lee previously claimed that Jimmy Butler hung up on him when told he was an All-NBA selection, and it seems as though Butler's attitude towards individual awards has been indifferent for a while.(1:10)
I don't need none of that. We need a championship here. That's all we worried out. All those individual things, they can keep. I can hear it obviously, I'm not crazy. It doesn't do anything for me.
If the Miami Heat keep up their top-placed finish under Jimmy Butler's watch, is it quite possible that he will be in the MVP award talks. While the competition will include other superstars like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler can certainly compete.
Individual awards do matter to some players, but team success is also important. Generally, players get more recognition if their teams are winning. The Miami Heat have not won a championship since the 2013 season when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were still on the team. It's still early in the season, but the Miami Heat have a talented squad that is full of experienced veteran surrounding a player that is playing at an All-NBA level in Jimmy Butler. Perhaps they can break their championship drought this season.