Originally posted on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Jimmy Butler played all but two minutes in the Bulls' win over Detroit Wednesday. And Luol Deng's understudy filled up the stat sheet: 18 points (6-14 FG, 5-6 FT), a 3-pointer, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. With Deng out with a hamstring injury, Butler has taken advantage of the extra play time: January 21: 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 43 minutes. January 19: 18 points (5-13 FG, 8-8 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in 48 minutes.  Butler is proving that he's worth a spot start while Deng is out. And I wonder if he'll take some of Rip Hamilton's minutes when Deng returns.  Photo via Jimmy Butler's Twitter.
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