Jimmy Butler's minutes are significantly more than they were for even Luol Deng

[From the comments -yfbb]

This is Jimmy’s game log for April so far:

4/04: 41 minutes
4/05: 42 minutes
4/09: 46 minutes
4/11: 45 minutes
4/13: 45 minutes
4/14: 31 minutes
4/16: 48 minutes
4/20: 44 minutes
4/22: 53 minutes

What’s interesting is that Luol (who lead the league in minutes last year, for the 2nd consecutive year) wasn’t treated nearly the same way. In the playoffs? Yeah, he played a lot (38, 42, 43, 56 in that double overtime game, and 43 again) though it’s still less than Jimmy so far.

What jumped out at me was how much Thibs rested Luol toward the end of the season and played him rather "normal" by NBA standards minutes. From April 11 until April 17 (the last five regular season games), Luol never played more than 35 minutes. And in the last game (a 3 point win over, ha, Washington) played less than 30. And we joked about Thibs running Luol into the ground. What do we say then about Jimmy, who has played less than 40 minutes a game exactly once this month?

I got used to seeing such big numbers from Luol that I've missed that he's actually playing Jimmy significantly more.

Again, the guy lead the league in minutes for 2 consecutive seasons but Jimmy is playing more than that, even while his FG% plunged.

Comparing Luol last year vs. Jimmy this year, minutes per game:



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