Jimmy gets Buckets, and Bulls fans get his jersey.
The Bulls superstar ranked 8th on the list of top NBA selling jerseys this season, the league announced Tuesday. It's the second time Butler has appeared on the list, up from No. 10 last season.
Dwyane Wade also made a splash this offseason when he left Miami after 13 seasons to join the hometown Bulls. Fans responded by making him the 11th top-selling jersey in the league.
The same happened for former Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who slotted in at No. 12 after being traded to the Knicks this offseason.
The Knicks (Rose, Kristaps Porzingis) and Warriors (Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson) were the only other teams with multiple players on the top-15 list.
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State
2. LeBron James, Cleveland
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State
4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
5. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
6. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York
8. Jimmy Butler, Chicago
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
10. James Harden, Houston
11. Dwyane Wade, Chicago
12. Derrick Rose, New York
13. Klay Thompson, Golden State
14. Isaiah Thomas, Boston
15. Damian Lillard, Portland
The Bulls also finished third in the NBA among most popular team merchandise, finishing behind last year's NBA finals participants in Golden State and Cleveland.
We may have seen the last of Derrick Rose on a basketball court.
According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard, who's currently recovering from ankle injury, is away from the Cavaliers organization and contemplating his future in basketball:
The news may come as a shock considering Rose is still only 29 years old, but the Chicago native has experienced triumphant highs and depressing lows like few others in league history. Undoubtedly, that's taken a toll.
From youngest MVP in league history to injury-prone backup, the former No. 1 pick of the Bulls has seen it all in his nine-year career. And just last season in New York, his passion for the game was called into question after missing a game without informing coaches, players or staff to attend to a family issue.
He decided to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland last offseason -- a move that nobody could have predicted five years ago -- on a veteran's minimum contract, and averaged 14.3 points before, you guessed it, being forced to sit with injury.
Fred Hoiberg, who coached Rose for one season in Chicago, weighed in before Friday's Bulls-Warriors game:
If Rose ultimately decides to step away for good, eerie parallels can be drawn to Doug Collins' NBA stint. Collins didn't have quite the upside Rose had, but he was a three-time All-Star before foot and knee injuries cut his career short at, yes, also 29.
It's another sad twist in the Derrick Rose Story. He may be the greatest 'What if' in NBA history.
Is there any better way to break in your new Black Friday television than Bulls-Warriors tonight? We think not. Coverage starts at 9 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, and the game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports app.
Here are three things to keep your eye on:
1. Not the score. Let's be honest: the Bulls probably won't sneak out a win at the Oracle. In fact, ESPN's matchup predictor only gives Fred Hoiberg's young squad a 2.9 percent chance to come up victorious. UIC has three times better odds against juggernaut Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Sunday, in case you needed some context.
With the talent gap in mind, though, it will be important for the Bulls to come out with high energy. The Warriors will likely take the contest lightly in the first half, so starting off strong reflects well on the coaching staff and starters. Stay within 10 points by the half, and that's considered a massive triumph.
2. Lauri Markkanen vs. Warriors defense. Even though Draymond Green and Kevin Durant will sit tonight, the Warriors defense has more than enough to challenge the prized rookie. The Dubs' team defense is among the best in the NBA, thanks to their physicality, attention to detail and speed.
Markkanen is coming off two duds on the West Coast trip, but his aggressiveness hasn't wavered. It'll be important for him to continue to attack even with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounding him.
3. Steph and Klay doin' work. The Bulls offense hasn't exactly been a thing of beauty through the first 16 games. Their offensive rating is a brutal 94.4, ranked last in the NBA. Golden State, on the other hand, sits at the top with a rating of 113.1.
Take some time to admire the skills of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson because when it comes to working cohesively on offense, they've set the gold standard.