“Butler to Philadelphia…”
“What?” I asked.
“The Timberwolves traded Jimmy Butler to Philly.”
“When?” I was confused.
“Right now. It just happened…” my boyfriend stared at his phone, then at me, then at his phone.
On Monday, SAFV’s Colleen wrote about Jimmy Butler going to Philadelphia. She told us that Butler desperately wanted out of Minnesota. He made his move to join Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons (Philly’s two star players who got them to the playoffs last season) forming what many are calling the next big three. I agree with Colleen here- Butler is an all-star wing and fantastic defensive player. Butler, along with Simmons, will open up a lot of offensive opportunities for Joel Embiid.
However, since then, Butler made his 76ers court debut on Wednesday night. It took him four days, three games, and two flights to make his way to Amway Center in Orlando to join the 76ers in their match-up against the Orlando Magic. He joined the starting lineup in his red, white, and blue uniform with classic white socks and simple white and gray sneakers. The game was tight, but in the end, Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic spoiled Butler’s debut, hitting a 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left to get a home win with a 111-106 loss for Philadelphia.
How did he do? Honestly, not bad. Not bad at all.
Tuesday night, the 76ers players and staff went out for dinner to celebrate Butler’s arrival, and Wednesday morning, the team spent the majority of practice introducing Butler to the playbook. It worked. Many critics say he looked okay, but I think this transition could have gone a lot worse.
He hit 6 of 12 field goals for 14 points. JJ Redick had 22, Joel Embiid had 19, and Wilson Chandler had 14. Butler had 4 rebounds and held solid screens on defense. He spent the majority of the late-game possessions watching the action from the court’s weak side- he attempted only shots in the fourth quarter.
“It’s going to take time,” said head coach Brett William Brown said. He added, “In general, you see what you have in him. It’s incredibly exciting.”
Image via New York Times.
Note: I would like to thank my best friend, Ashley Jean Mason, for the article title. She also came up with Buck You Milwaukee and I just can’t continue to take credit for her clever titles.