Jimmy Butler is heading to his third straight All-Star Game, and for the first time he'll be in the Eastern Conference's starting lineup.
CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill reported that Butler was voted an All-Star starter.
Jimmy Butler named an All-Star Starter for the Eastern Conference, per a source. @ChrisBHaynes with it first— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 19, 2017
Butler has been sensational this season, averaging a career-best 24.8 points (tied for the 10th-best mark in the league entering Thursday's games), 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest through 41 games. He's shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from 3-point range.
Butler previously made Eastern Conference All-Star squads in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, though this is his first time in the starting five.