For the second consecutive season with the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler made the All-NBA Third Team.
Full All-NBA voting, with Jimmy Butler receiving seven First-Team votes: pic.twitter.com/avy4NVQQdo— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) June 16, 2021
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.
"He's had the most under appreciated, under the radar, great season in the NBA."— ESPN Podcasts (@espnpodcasts) May 11, 2021
.@ZachLowe_NBA and ESPN's @kevinarnovitz discuss the play-in races, the All-NBA ballot and more!
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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.