Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler too low in ESPN’s top 100 NBA player rankings

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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) shoots ahead of Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44)(Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports) /

Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler too low in ESPN’s top 100 NBA player rankings

The first thing they forgot is how successful the Miami Heat were last season. The Heat finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the third-best record overall.

They were a great regular-season team and that translated over into the playoffs. Despite all of their injuries during the regular season and postseason, the Heat still found a way to win more games than most other teams.

The second skill ESPN forgot to mention is Jimmy Butler’s defensive abilities. Butler is one of the top defenders in the NBA and led the league in steals per game last postseason.

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Yet, there was no mention anywhere by ESPN in their consideration of his ranking about Butler’s stifling defense. Lastly, ESPN seems to have, either, forgotten what Jimmy Butler accomplished last postseason or they have overlooked his achievements.

A few indications point to the latter being true. For example, Butler’s postseason run was described as “one of the best in Heat history”, even though it could also be considered one of the best runs in NBA history when you look at the impressive numbers and consider how far the Heat went in the playoffs.

That was all Jimmy Butler.