A few days ago, Jimmy Butler fearlessly forecasted that the Miami Heat will win the 2020-2021 NBA championship.
“Just know, this year we finna win it, man. I got something up my sleeve. I’m going to be better than ever. Just wait on it.”
Jimmy Butler says he got something up his sleeve— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 16, 2020
"Just know, this year we finna win it, man. I got something up my sleeve. I’m going to be better than ever. Just wait on it." 👀
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This obviously sent shockwaves in the NBA. Particularly, to the fans and media.
And I can’t blame them, looking at the landscape of the league, almost every title contending team made changes to their rosters to improve it.
However, Miami haven’t made any big changes. Aside from Butler, the young core of Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn are still on the team. Veterans like Goran Dragic, Andre Igoudala, Myers Leonard and Kelly Olynyk are still on board as well.
If anything, you could actually say that they got worse as they lost a player Jae Crowder’s caliber.
But then again as we all know, while anyone can make an statement like that, Butler and the Heat are in the rare group that can spit it out and be taken seriously.
Well, the last time he made a bold statement like that Butler led Miami to the NBA Finals.
And yes, they did lose in the Finals to LeBron James and Anthony Davis led LA Lakers but you’ve got to take in consideration the fact that the Dragic missed almost the entire series while Adebayo was not 100% – and yet the series still went six games.
Oh, and did I mention that Butler played like a man possessed in that series?
Yep, the 6’7 combo-forward played out of this world. He averaged 26.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 9.8 assists, 2.2 blocks and shot 54.6% in the field in 43 minutes of playing time.
He even had the best performance in the whole NBA Playoffs in Game 3 of the series as he dropped a jaw-dropping 40-point performance along with 11 rebounds and 13 assists.
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Like I said, almost every contending team improved this upcoming season. Not to mention the return of Golden State to their competitive form as well as the arrival of Brooklyn in the East.
So, I guess you could say that Butler’s statement is could be a little far-fetched, but as we all learned in the past, never count out a team that is being led by a guy like him.
UBOmoney.com currently lists the Heat in fifth place in terms of title odds with a 14-1 payout. They trail the Lakers (2.8), Bucks (6.2), Nets (7.2), and Clippers (8) – which goes to show that there is at least some confidence in their chances.
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