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Jimmy Butler's problem role in the 76’r offense


Just a couple of  months after being traded from Minnesota to Philadelphia, Jimmy Butler, a four-time All-Star basketball player, found a new "source of dissatisfaction", while his "method" of dealing with problems has obviously not changed.

This time, Butler is dissatisfied with his role in the team, that is, by the offensive coach system of Brett Brown who publicly criticized him, and then opposed him in Portland in a way that many consider unacceptable. Although the player's behavior was regarded as his point of view, others think it’s a  disregard for authority. The 57-year-old expert told the franchise that he doesn’t have a problem with the player.

Allegedly, Butler demands greater control in pick-en-roll play, but also a change in the established philosophy in which the main players are Joel Embid and Ben Simons. Because of that the 28-year-old basketball supposedly held a meeting with coach Brown and the Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand.

With Butler's arrival in the team, it was expected that coach Brown would face the challenge, given that he already had two stars in the team, Joel Embid, and Ben Simons. The coach was already trying to instill the relationship between Simons and Embid, and the situation was complicated by Butler's arrival.

Butler himself expressed his desire to play the game in a traditional way, instead of accustoming to the system in Philadelphia.

While sources close to Butler argue that such behavior is the result of his desire to express his views and style of play. The organization is concerned about its slow integration into the system, given its long-term plans.

With the Sixers, he scored two brilliant game winners, but the franchise from Pennsylvania did not play much better after Butler’s arrival in the team (14-8). However, even Embid has recently rebelled for his role in the team for the last few matches, and the fact is that his average “points per game” is getting lower (28.2 - 25.3).

In Philadelphia, the situation drastically changes, because as long as he is in the same five with Redick, Simons or Embid, Butler's usage in the attack will be reduced, and the defense will pay less attention to him. But Butler is not Fultz - his catch and shoot efficiency was 39% last season, while with Bulls was 44.2%. It's not ok to ignore the man with such numbers.

The key to this analysis lies in the relationship between Butler and the management of the club because the future of the whole adventure depends on it.

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