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The Ringer’s Top 100 List has Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat players in it.




The Miami Heat may be coming off their third straight playoff appearance, but it looks like they’ve still got a roster full of players hungry for more. And while last season’s fourth-seed opponent was the Boston Celtics, this year’s will be even tougher.

Jimmy Butler is a versatile forward known for his ability to guard multiple positions and his ability to score the ball. While Butler had a career-high 21 points and seven rebounds in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors, he was able to get only five shots off in the game.

And it doesn’t look like Butler will be getting any better as he looks to help the Miami Heat win a fourth consecutive championship.

The Ringer’s Top 100 NBA Players list ranks players based on a variety of factors. We used data from 2K Sports’ NBA 2K18 video game and a mix of metrics and qualitative feedback from the site’s staff to determine who made the cut.

How we ranked the players:

As you can see, we had a variety of criteria at our disposal. For example, we considered the player’s performance and success rate. How often the player shot and made threes, and how much confidence he had in his shot all played a part in our rankings.

A player’s impact on his team also played a role in our rankings, considering we look at how much a player helps a team win.

Butler’s stats:

Butler averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game last season, playing all 82 games for the first time since 2015.

Butler’s shooting splits were down across the board last year, with his three-point shooting percentages dropping to 31 percent and his free-throw shooting percentages dropping to 73 percent.

It’s worth noting that Butler’s shooting splits were more favorable at the beginning of the year, but those numbers did fluctuate significantly throughout the year. He started the season strong, hitting over 40 percent of his threes and nearly 90 percent of his free throws.

After struggling for the first few weeks of the season, he didn’t hit under 40 percent in a single game until Jan. 7. The following week, he hit the 40 percent mark in three of four games, including a 40-40-70 triple-double on Jan. 13.

His shooting splits returned to normal after that, and Butler ended the regular season at a 34.6-percent mark from the field, 31.4 percent from the corner, and 85.7 percent from the line.

Butler’s impact on the Heat:

Butler was an integral part of the Heat’s playoff run last season. His ability to play both forward spots and shoot the ball helped the team in the regular season.

While he never became the focal point of the offense, he was a constant threat to score. He was the best player on the floor for the Heat’s bench, and the team was 23-3 when he scored at least 15 points.

And Butler continued to be a consistent scoring threat in the playoffs. His role changed somewhat, as he averaged 18 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the series.

In the Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors, Butler scored 16 points in just over 23 minutes of action. He hit both of his shots and added two rebounds.

Butler’s future with the Heat:

Butler is in the final year of his contract with the Heat, so the team will have to decide whether or not they want to extend him. They have the option of doing so after the 2019-20 season.

Butler has struggled at times this year due to injury, including a thumb injury that forced him to miss 12 games. The problem hasn’t been Butler’s injury itself, but rather the fact that he hasn’t been 100 percent healthy.

If Miami Heat does decide to extend him, it will be because Butler is one of the best role players in the NBA. If they don’t extend him, he will be a free agent next summer.

Butler is currently No. 9 on The Ringer’s NBA All-Rookie Team.

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