The Philadelphia 76ers made the blockbuster trade for Jimmy Butler, and it may help them finally conquer the Boston Celtics.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown didn’t hold back when describing the impact Butler’s presence has
It’s his physicality and grit that Brown specifically believes will help Philly potentially take down the Celtics, which many claims as the Eastern Conference’s best team even with their underwhelming start to the season.
Per The Ringer’s John Gonzalez, Brown believes the Sixers problem was in the physicality of the matchup.
“It’s a whole new gift I have, we have,” Brown said. “We can really put [Butler] in some stuff, the pick-and-rolls. Some elbow isolations. Pairing him with Joel [Embiid], especially, interests me. You can see, we lean on JJ so much, and he gets hammered on some of those actions. It reminded me of the Celtics series. It was a physical thing. We really had a hard time getting to it at the end. With the inclusion of Jimmy, we’re going to have way more available to us to walk down a game.”
From junior college to NBA stardom, Butler’s story has been one of perseverance, and that’ll be exactly what the Sixers need from him in order to slow down the Celtics’ dynamic offense.
Butler’s presence was felt as the Sixers took on the Utah Jazz just a few games ago. While second-year star Donovan Mitchell put up 31 points, he did so on 35 shots, shooting 13-for-35 from the field.
That’s the Jimmy Butler-effect.
When the Celtics and Sixers face off, he’ll most likely be given the task of guarding either Kyrie Irving or Jayson Tatum. In either instance, Butler’s physicality and mental aptitude should play a role in the final outcome.
Also, Butler, who is shooting 55 percent in his four games with Philly, should help score against a stout Celtics defense. Uncharacteristically, the Sixers struggled to score against Boston in last year’s playoffs, averaging 103.4 points per game in their five games.
Ultimately, Butler’s presence will certainly impact the Sixers chances against their rivals. With their newest star in the mix, Philadelphia makes a strong case as the best team in the East.