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Report: Bulls’ Jimmy Butler wins Most Improved Player

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 27: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls warms up for Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jimmy Butler reportedly rejected a four-year, $40 million contract extension before the season.

It was the right move.

The Bulls guard has improved immensely, and he should get a max contract this summer.

First, he’ll get another reward for his progress.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Butler has supplanted Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah as Chicago’s best player. There was one a school of thought Butler needed to play off Rose to be effective, but the shooting guard has put that to rest this season. Butler is filling a bigger role offensively and got even more efficiently in the process – hard feats to pull off in tandem. Plus, he has remained a lockdown defender.

There are only two knocks in Butler’s Most Improved Player credentials:

1. He was underrated last season, so – if we all agree on his value this season – his improvement has been overrated.

2. Butler missed 17 games due to injury this year, which limits the amount of production he supplied Chicago over his production last year.

But those are small flaws in an otherwise impressive résumé. This is well-deserved.