2015 Eastern Conference All Star Preview
Although picking the reserves for the East wasn’t as tough as it was for the West, there were many deserving names who were also left out like Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Marcin Gortat, Al Jefferson, and Andre Drummond. But every reserve who was voted in very much deserves to be on the team.
Jimmy Butler, 6`7″, G/F, CHI (1st All Star Appearance)
20.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.6 blocks
A strong candidate for this season’s Most Improved Player of the Year award, Jimmy Butler is looking like a genius for turning down a 4-year $40 million extension this past summer as he’s bound to cash in bigger bucks with the way he’s been playing so far. He’s having his best season by far and he even won Eastern Conference Player of the Month in November edging out other big name stars in the process. There’s no defense played in All Star games but when the competition gets close in the end, the players’ competitive edge takes over and this is where “Jimmy Buckets” could make his mark.