Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls

The NBA playoffs have begun, medical and the Chicago Bulls opened their quest for championship rings Sunday night versus the Washington Wizards. And while all eyes have been on former HAM of the Week Joakim Noah and D.J. Augustin all season long, this week’s HAM of the Week, Jimmy Butler, needs some well-deserved recognition to begin this series.

The 24-year-old Tomball, Texas native proved throughout his rookie season that he was clearly the Bull to watch and finished his sophomore season with career highs in points (13.1), rebounds (4.9) and steals (1.90). More importantly, he’s vowed to play all 48 minutes in each game.

Jimmy Butler, http://www.nytimes.com

Jimmy Butler, http://www.nytimes.com

Despite a tough childhood, it seems Butler has found his true home with the Bulls, and it is his grit and versatility in making it to the big leagues that really makes him HAM-worthy. Butler played college basketball for Tyler Junior College and Marquette University, and was selected by the Bulls in the first round in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The small forward took over for former HAM of the Week Luol Deng and started in his first game in January 2013. He lived up to his nickname, “Jimmy Buckets” as a vital part of the Bench Mob, playing in all 48 regular-season games, and was a superstar player while many of his teammates were out with other injuries and major illnesses.

Jimmy Butler, http://www.styleite.com

Butler has impressed us with his skills on the court, but the dude is also style-savvy: he can’t live without his colorful pants and cowboy boots. And though he’s mastered the art of guarding Lebron James, he hates the Heat just as much as we do!

Beyond his looks, the 6’7”, 220 lbs sensation is the kind of guy we want to go have a fun night out with. He’s the kind of guy who’s fun to be around, is goofy and is the life of the party. He seems like he’d be the best guy friend any girl could have, although I’m sure they’d wish for more!

The fan favorite even went so far as to pranking two unsuspecting fans in a restaurant for an Illinois Lottery commercial.

Pay attention ladies, because we’ve got another single, country-lovin’, Chicago player on our hands. Find out who Butler’s favorite artist is in this interview with the NBA Summer League.

Butler is very social media savvy, posting often on Twitter (@mr_2eight1) and Instagram (@jimmybuckets21). If that’s not enough, the fans sure love him: Check out the Jimmy Butler Appreciation Tumblr page.

 

Butler has also met a bevvy of celebrities. Like Sir Paul…

Jimmy Butler, http://sports.yahoo.com

Jimmy Butler, http://sports.yahoo.com

…and played Marky-Mark in 1-on-1 basketball.

He’s giving Bulls fans hope that may have been lost when D. Rose went down in October, bursting with confidence and charisma. Catch Butler and the boys on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday as they look to get past John Wall and the Wizards.

About the author: Hannah Gettleman is a native of the Northern Chicago suburbs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and attended every home Illini football game. Her love of Chicago sports comes from her dad, who has been in the same Fantasy Football league since she was six years old, and her mom, who plays in a 5-0 football pool. She’s also won the family March Madness pool four times in a row. An avid Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan, she’s excited to share her love of sports and cute guys as the newest HAM Hunter. When she’s not glued to the television on Sundays, Hannah follows the latest in entertainment and red carpet fashion, and makes delicious Betty Crocker brownies. You can follow her at @hgettle12.

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