Report: NBA scout claims Jimmy Butler has no more upside for rest of career

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The NBA saw Miami Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler take his game to the next level in the 2020 NBA Finals.

Yet, one scout told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel that Butler has no more upside.

“He has no more upside. He can only go down. I’d say a 4,” the scout ranked Butler on a scale from 1 to 10 with one meaning there’s no more upside and 10 meaning there’s still unlimited untapped potential. “I’d be shocked if he does more, but that’s also because he reached his ultimate potential last season. More? I’d be surprised.”

Butler, 31, is entering his second season in Miami.

Last season, he collected 19.9 points on top of career-highs of 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest. He made the All-Star team and an All-NBA team last season.

In addition, Butler led the Heat to the 2020 NBA Finals. The Heat faced the overpowering Los Angeles Lakers in the title series without prime production from stars Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo.

Still, Butler willed the Heat to a pair of victories.

As a matter of fact, the veteran put up 40 points, 13 assists, 11 boards, two blocks and two steals in the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Lakers. The Heat didn’t have the services of Adebayo and Dragic in that epic contest.

Butler averaged 26.2 points, 9.8 assists, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game in the 2020 NBA Finals.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.