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Bulls' Jimmy Butler selected most improved player in NBA

Bulls' Jimmy Butler selected most improved player in NBA

Everybody owns a Jimmy Butler story.

Bulls General Manager Gar Forman remembers visiting Tyler (Texas) Junior College, where Butler played as a non-Division I recruit before landing as an under-the-radar player at Marquette, and watching a relentless work ethic.

His off-season trainer, Chris Johnson, recalls Butler waiting outside a Houston gym until D.J. Augustin's workout ended last summer because Augustin had signed a free-agent contract with the Pistons that day.

Joakim Noah relates the game during Butler's rookie season when the seldom-used 30th pick in the 2011 draft was tossed in the fire against Knicks' star Carmelo Anthony.

“He was the...

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