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Jimmy Butler makes All-NBA Third Team

Butler received seven First Team votes.

Utah Jazz v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

For the second consecutive season with the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler made the All-NBA Third Team.

Last month, I wrote an article wondering whether Butler would receive any recognition for his 2020-21 season. He didn’t make the All-Star team this year. After missing 10 games with an extended stay in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Butler lifted Miami out of the bottom rungs of the Eastern Conference and into the playoffs. Miami finished the season 33-19 with Butler in the lineup and just 7-13 with him out.

And then, of course, the 31-year-old had his worst playoff performance in Miami’s embarrassing four-game sweep to the Milwaukee Bucks. But he still deserved to make the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams, as he did. Zach Lowe praised his season — and he was the only Third Team player to receive any votes for the First Team.

Bam Adebayo, who made the All-Defensive Second Team with Butler, missed the cut on the All-NBA Team. The Heat’s 2017 first-round draft pick received five Second Team votes and 17 Third Team votes to finish as the fourth-best center.