Butler named Eastern Conference All-Star reserve

The NBA announced earlier tonight that Jimmy Butler has been selected a reserve for the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Butler was chosen by the head coaches in the Eastern Conference. Presently in his fourth season, the 25-year old Butler is averaging career highs across the board. In 43 appearances (all starts), he has posted 20.1 ppg (17th in the NBA), 6.0 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1.77 spg (eighth) in 39.5 mpg (first). He is also shooting .459 from the field, .341 from behind the arc and .834 from the line. On the year, Butler has led the Bulls in scoring 20 times and in assists 12 times, while producing 25 games with 20 or more points, including three games with 30 or more points scored. Originally selected by Chicago with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Butler leads the Bulls in scoring, steals, free throws made (ranks second in the NBA with 262 FTM), free throws attempted (ranks third in the NBA with 314 FTA) and minutes played. Butler is one of five players, along with Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin, who is averaging at least 20.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.0 apg in the NBA this season. For the Bulls, this marks the sixth straight season that they will have a player participate in the NBA’s midseason showcase and the 14th time that the team will have more than one player in the game. Pau Gasol was voted in as a starter for the East squad by the fans as part of the NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 campaign. NBA All-Star 2015, the 64th NBA All-Star Game, will be played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Feb. 15 (7:00 p.m., CT) and will be televised on TNT.