Is Jimmy Butler The Closest Player To Kobe Bryant? Fans Debate On Twitter

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Twitter made a whirlpool over Jimmy Butler’s performance, comparing him to the most celebrated NBA star late Kobe Bryant. 

Jimmy Butler has risen to the strong play with the Heat and has earned comparisons with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

Previously it was said about LeBron James, but it seems Jimmy has snatched the compliments.

Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler (Source: Fox Sports)

Jimmy has progressed a lot from where he started his NBA career in the 2011 NBA Draft as the 30th pick in round one.

The six-time NBA All-Star has amassed 98 points in Games 4 and 5, adding his name among the five-player in NBA playoff history to score in a two-game span.

Those five players are Michael Jordon, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Rick Barry.

Comparison Of Jimmy Butler To Kobe Bryant

Jimmy recorded a career-high of 56 points in the 2023 playoff, with Miami pushing the Bucks, the best regular season team, to the brink of elimination.

He made two jaw-dropping pull-up jumpers, giving Heat a 119–114 win and a 3–1 lead over the Bucks in Game 4.

Among two jumpers, the first was a sudden pull-up three from the left wing to give Miami a 110–109 lead with 1:20 to go.

Another one was from the left wing but with his foot on the three-point line, where he rose, hit a shot over Holiday, and extended the lead to three.

Jimmy gave everyone a hard time between him and the rim, including Jru, Brook Lopez, and Giannis.

His performance left everyone flabbergasted and compelled fans to compare him to the GOAT late Kobe Bryant.

Not only that, but previously, Jimmy’s fans called him the long-lost son of Michael Jordon.

The comparison hilariously imposes mainly when Jimmy wears an earring like the Chicago Bulls superstar, Michael Jordon.

Fans have also analyzed his other similarities with the Jordan-esque qualities regarding performance.

Kobe Bryant

World has always been thankful for talent like the late Kobe Bryant, a five times NBA champion and eighteen times NBA All-Star.

But unfortunately, he bid farewell sooner than the world ever imagined due to a helicopter mishap with his daughter Gianna.

In 2020, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame posthumously inducted Kobe.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant (Source:

Kobe Bryant’s fans and family recently celebrated his second death ceremony in January 2023.

In comparison, Late Kobe is undeniably way ahead of Jimmy in terms of stats.

For Jimmy, fans firmly believe that if not today, he could achieve the same level of success someday for sure.

It’s still a half-cooked question if Jimmy Butler will ever be able to be of the same stature as the GOAT.

Vandana Thapa
Vandana Thapa
Vandana is one of our observant and appreciative writers, an avid reader with a passion for sports, whether from F1 to Lacrosse. Our work gives a two-way growth to the readers as well as the writer and a tour of the sports world.

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