Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry named NBA Players of the Month
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry were named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November on Wednesday.
Butler's 21.9 points per game led the Bulls in October and November and ranked ninth in the NBA. The fourth-year shooting guard also topped the 20-point mark 11 times and the 30-point mark twice in 17 games.
Chicago entered December first in the Central Division at 11-6. Butler's emergence has been critical for a Bulls team continuing to fight injuries, as Derrick Rose has appeared in only 10 games this season. Entering Wednesday, Butler led the league in minutes played with 39.8 per game.
Curry carried the Warriors to a 14-2 start this season, ranking fifth in the league in scoring (23.8 points per game) and assists (7.8 per game), as well as seventh in steals (1.94 per game). He was one of two NBA players to shoot at least 49 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line in October and November. He has also posted four 30-point games and one 40-point game.
Golden State entered Wednesday on a 10-game winning streak, tied with the Memphis Grizzlies atop the Western Conference. The Warriors also won five straight games to open the season.
The Bulls and Warriors will meet for the first time this season Saturday in Chicago. Golden State will play host on Jan. 27.
- Mike Fiammetta