The fourth year swingman made his All-Star debut in February, could make his first All-NBA team early next month, and should be locked in for another All-Defensive team nod.
Adding to that is his play as a playoff performer where he's giving the Bulls 28 efficient points a night and generally looking like the future star of the organization.
This begs the question: Can Butler improve further, and if so, what's the ceiling?
About two months into the season, Butler was mentioned as an MVP candidate. He later dropped off, and missed games, which removed him from the conversation, and rightly so. But it might be difficult removing him in the future if he stays healthty and doesn't yo-yo in his performance.
Looking at Butler's versatility, and it's clear he's got a rather unique skill set. At a strong 6'7, 225 pounds, Butler can post up, slash to the cup with or without the ball, but you can't play him for the drive as he'll raise up and knock down jumpers. The mere fact that he gets to the line an absurd amount paints a picture of a player who at the end of the day could become a 25-point scorer, on great percentages no less.
When pointing to Butler's offensive weaknesses, one comes up a bit short. Sure he could crank up that long ball percentage a bit. And sure, improving his ball handling even more would make him virtually unguardable. But even so, at this stage of his career, he's got so many layers in which he can contribute, it's almost unfair.
His main competition for being the best shooting guard in basketball right now is James Harden and Klay Thompson. Moving past Harden might be tricky, but one could argue he's better than Thompson as his defense - in which Thompson is no slouch himself - is that much better. Where Thompson relies a lot on positioning and reads, Butler is more aggressive and disruptive, but never overestimates his own value, an important realization for any basketball player, but which few have.
Butler could realistically be the second best shooting guard in the league right now, and inch closer to Harden the next two years, albeit never exceeding him. At the least, becoming the best two-way two-man is something he could, and frankly should, cement by next year, if he hasn't already.
It should come as no surprise if Butler becomes a perennial All-Star and All-NBA performer over the next five years, and should a title reach his grasp in that time, it'd only further establish him as the superstar he's on his way to becoming.
Yeah, I said it. Superstar. Only, that description only fits as long as he continues stepping up his game in the playoffs. But somehow, it'd be surprising if he didn't.