‘He Can Only Go Down’- NBA Scout Presents Worrying Report for Miami Heat

Published 12/20/2020, 6:40 AM CST
Sep 27, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra hands the Eastern Conference Championship trophy to forward Bam Adebayo (13) after defeating the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat are easily one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. While many have already started putting new-look teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of them, their story isn’t over. However, one NBA scout does believe that it might be over for their star player.

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In a report by Ira Winderman for the Sun-Sentinel, he asked an unnamed longtime NBA Scout about the potential of the players on the Miami Heat. While players like Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo were tipped with high numbers, Jimmy Butler saw a very odd judgment.

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“He has no more upside. He can only go down. I’d say a 4. 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.” 

A four would mean that Butler is on the down-turn, with a five essentially showing stagnation. Butler has dealt with comments like that around his play since forever. However, it seems that last season’s Finals run is being treated more like an aberration than a sign of things to come.

Miami Heat: Has Butler seen his peak?

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It is crazy to count Jimmy Butler out, especially after what happened last season. The most important thing that Butler showed was an ability to rise when it mattered most. He single-handedly willed Miami to six games in the Finals. However, the team was just outmatched with Bam not playing at 100% and Goran Dragic getting injured.

Oct 9, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) during the first quarter in game five of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

While we may not see Butler produce at the level he did in the Finals, (26.2 points, 9.8 assists, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.2 steals) through the season, we will see him lead this team on and off the court. His play-style is quite obvious for everyone to determine, so maybe in that sense, he has low potential.

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However, Butler has proven to be a game-changer over, his career. To say that what we saw last year was his peak may be hyperbolic, because that is the narrative around Butler every year. Hopefully, he can prove them wrong once again.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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