The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the Name Jimmy Butler is toughness. He’s one of those players that always seems to get it done. How fun was it to watch him in the Playoffs this past season?? Butler can get to the basket in so many ways without wasting a lot of time and effort doing so. His ability to drive and finish opens up so many other possibilities in his game. He is the poster boy for Miami Heat Basketball because he is tough, puts the work in, and isn’t afraid of anyone.
There are so many ways to learn and teach the isolation game. A lot of players feel as though Isolation Basketball is taking tough contested fade aways every possession. You have to be able to do something that puts TOTAL FEAR into defenders and then set that move up to open up 5 other possibilities on the floor. The first thing that you have to pay attention to is his straight line drives. It forces his defender to get on his hip making help defenders have to help their man to try to stop him from getting to the basket. He uses a cross step to get defenders moving one way on the perimeter to open up driving lanes to the rim. In the film they are mostly finishes at the basket instead of pull ups, but it doesn’t matter. You should notice and always key in on how a defender reacts to the start of the move and you can add whatever type of finish that you want. Once a defender bodies him up on the drive, Butler can go to his setback to create separation. The fake after drive as you can see works big especially when you sell the drive to the rim a few times in a row it always helps to have something in your back pocket.
Butler opens up so many possibilities in his Isolation Game. He’s a prototypical wing player as he’s strong, can handle the ball, good finisher, and can dominate a game in the mid range. What makes him so special is that he keeps attacking. His eyes are always fixated no only on who’s guarding him, but also the help behind them. Reading your defender is so important to be able to set them up and open up driving lanes and space to shoot. There’s a time and place to hold the ball (which isn’t much), setting up your defender to think you are doing one thing and then you do another is something that will make you a serviceable scorer from the wing.
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