Jimmy Butler was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Monday.
Butler is a beast. The kid finished the regular season tied with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony for the most minutes played per game at 38.7 and unlike Melo, Butler manned up on the defensive end on the reg while also being forced into a larger role on offense as the Bulls lost Luol Deng via trade and were without their main offensive threat in Derrick Rose. In regards to fantasy next year, I would put Butler in a similar class with the Warriors Andre Iguodala in that they both bring more value to their own basketball teams then they do fantasy teams.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Jahlil Okafor scored 14 points (7-18 FGA) with nine rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist in 30 minutes on Monday for the 76ers.
Concern came when Okafor switched to the four from the five as the guarding of stretch fours could cost him rebounds and make run more than he typically does on the block, but with the early results in, it seems that those concerns are not to be worried about. Following the best game of his young career on Saturday, Monday's outing was another very solid effort from the Duke product coming close to yet another double-double and contributing in every category. Now that we are passed the typical college season in terms of games played, it's good to see that the rookie is keeping his production steady. He should be a starter every night in all formats. Analysis: Matt Selz