Jimmy Butler knew he could make it in the NBA after he saw a player like Lance Stephenson getting drafted

Jimmy Butler knew he could make it in the NBA after he saw a player like Lance Stephenson getting drafted

In a recent interview on the  Winging It podcast with Vince Carter and Annie Finberg, Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler spoke about his life, his career, and expectations he has for himself this season. Throughout the years, ‘ Butler established himself as one of the best two-way players in the NBA despite being drafted as the 30th pick in the 2011 draft. The Chicago Bulls saw the opportunity and drafted Butler, which paid off since he showed he is a better and more versatile player than a lot of players selected before him.

In the podcast, Butler said his confidence was better after seeing Lance Stephenson made it to the NBA as the 40th pick. The Indiana Pacers drafted Lance, and he quickly asserted himself as a solid two-way player, but also someone who’s character and behavior got him in trouble with the teams he played for.

Butler said he was watching Lance getting minutes in the NBA, which meant there is room for him in the league as well. Butler, by any mean, didn’t disrespect Stephenson, but when you take into consideration, a player like Lance had a 9-year long NBA career, then it’s evident there was room for Butler as well.

“I was watching guys play, and I was like, ‘I know I’m not that good of a basketball player, but I know I can make it if this guy can make it. I always saw Lance Stephenson. I saw him, and I was like ‘nah man if he in the league then I can be in the league. He is a talented ass player, don’t get me wrong, but if he can do it, I can do it.”