The #JiMVP case: Ten reasons why Jimmy Butler deserves MVP consideration


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The #JimVP train continues to gain momentum as Heat fans and local media try to end the conversation about the NBA Most Valuable Player award to highlight how important Jimmy Butler is to Miami’s success.

While the chances of Butler actually winning the MVP are slim, the no-fan, half-humorous campaign has elevated Butler like a dark horse in a race and re-raised the age-old question of a prize at the end of the season: How do you really define who is most valuable to their team?

Since we’re the hosts and believe Jimmy Butler really deserves to be in the MVP debate, we decided to summarize all the reasons he’s so important to the Miami Heat into one handy list.

Here are ten reasons why Jimmy Butler should be this season’s NBA MVP.

The Heat wins more basketball games when he plays. What is the clearest way to determine if a player is valuable to his team? I’m not an expert, but a team that wins a lot more than it loses when that person plays seems like a good start.

To date, Heat is 25-15 when Jimmy Butler is on the field, and 4-11 when he is not playing. Without Butler, the Heat is literally one of the worst teams in the NBA league. With him are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

He is one of the best recruits in the NBA league. In 2021, the most valuable players are those who recruit other players. LeBron James is a fantastic player, but he is most appreciated because wherever he goes, he is followed by all All-Star players. Without it, LeBron probably wouldn’t have titles in his name, but four.

Jimmy Butler therefore practically begged Victor Oladipo to come to Miami. That’s why Bradley Beal and other stars are flirting with Miami. Just like Dwyane Wade, Butler recruits the best. Without that gravitational pull, there would be far fewer talent in Miami.

Statistically he has a season like LeBron. As of Monday, Jimmy Butler averaged 21.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Almost no one puts those numbers across the street. (LeBron basically has the same number of passes and rebounds as Butler, but four more points per game.)

If it’s the numbers you like to see as the voter’s MVP, Jimmy Butler gives them to you, and at the same time he’s one of the most selfless players on the team.

He maintains his mood so that his teammates remember the fun. The NBA season is already extremely long, but the season during the pandemic is even longer. Fortunately, Jimmy Butler breathed fresh air for his teammates this season and last season in the playoff balloon.

Every team needs a guy to break the monotony. It can rarely be determined that this guy is the best player on the team.

Availability is the best ability an MVP can have. After a long 2020, Jimmy Butler is slowly approaching a return to the floor this season. A month ago, he had ankle problems for a week or two. But since then, Butler has been solid and in the lineup on a daily basis. As asked by Jeff Van Gundy of ESPN: How many games can the MVP miss?

LeBron will miss a huge part of the season with immediate injury. James Harden was not on his current team earlier that year and missed much of the game. If everyone stays the same and Jimmy stays healthier than his competitors, he will have an advantage in games played.

He particularly held the Heat Championship relevant. After LeBron left Miami in 2014, Heat took a step back as a contender. Then Dwyane Wade went to a free agency a few years later – albeit shortly before his return – and everything started to shit.

Had Jimmy not signed a contract with Heat, there would probably have been a lot less conflict and a lot more of those shitty days after Wade. Instead, Heat, as a franchise, stayed on top.

There aren’t many players who can say they almost kept the franchise afloat on their own. Jimmy carried the tradition of the championship into another era.

He is the best defensive player in MVP conversation. For whatever reason, defense is never mentioned when a player’s MVP reward is taken into account. First the statistics are compared with others and then the team record is taken into account.

Butler currently has the best all-around season of all MVP candidates. He may not be the best defender or the best offensive player, but he is better at both ends than James Harden or even LeBron James.

It shouldn’t be an award that affects the previous season, but this is no other season. With everything we’ve all been through, October seems like two years ago. It’s easy to forget that Jimmy Butler put the Miami Heat on his back and pulled him to two wins away from the NBA title.

The current season started just a few weeks later. While the other teams had eight months off, Heat barely had eight weeks off. Still, Butler is here and doing everything for Miami again.

It should not be important or should be taken into account, but it should exist me me on this. The factor is the lack of rest.

It is basically a walking billboard for the city of Miami. Hey, now we’re just making up shit, but it seems like that should be the thing: Jimmy Butler is all the vibes in Miami. LeBron James is a food truck that delivers championships across the country. James Harden has just entered Brooklyn and doesn’t even look good in a jersey. And Nikola Jokić doesn’t really scream Denver.

Jimmy Butler is valuable to his team because he looks like his team. He is a brand. He is, as children say, a vibration. It’s valuable for Miami, so it should be valuable for the NBA as well. We just made this up, but it sounds good!

It draws the best from the young core. Other MVP candidates are on the setup and forgetting teams. Superstars playing with superstars. Miami is not that. It’s Jimmy and lots of up-and-coming. And Jimmy is the perfect mentor for their development.

So shouldn’t the fact that Jimmy is a sideline tutor, and still doing his day job as one of the best players in the NBA, give him added value over, say, James Harden, who will play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, and a bunch of other seasonal veterans every night? I would say.

Jimmy Butler may not win an MVP award this season, but he deserves serious consideration. It’s time to break the norms related to the award and crown the player who is truly most valued for his franchise – not just the most successful player of the most successful team.

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