“Tobias Harris over me?” Draymond Green warns Sixers on Jimmy Butler playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’

Butler is enjoying a tremendous season, and Green believes he will push his team to new heights.


“Tobias Harris over me?” Draymond Green warns Sixers on Jimmy Butler playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’

Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler

On April 17, the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers will face off in the play-in tournament, a significant matchup for both teams and key players like Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Ahead of this fixture, as is the case every time, many are giving their predictions for the match. Draymond Green is no different.

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Green predicted on a recent episode of “The Draymond Green Show” that Jimmy Butler will be the game’s MVP. Green also referenced the 2019 decision by the 76ers to prioritize Tobias Harris over Butler, indicating that Butler would have a chip on his shoulder going into the game.

Who do you got? Jimmy Butler said, y'all took Tobias Harris over me. Y'all kept Tobias Harris over me, and Jimmy Butler is going to go into that game feeling that way, y'all took Tobias Harris over me. Going to hold on to whatever chip on the shoulder that he can when he needs it, and he will very much so be holding on to that one again.

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Many consider that the 76ers made a significant mistake by choosing Tobias Harris over Jimmy Butler, especially considering Butler’s continued improvement and strong performance since the trade. Butler is now fully focused and ready to showcase his abilities in playoff mode.

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Did the Philadelphia 76ers really make a mistake by selecting Tobias Harris over Jimmy Butler?

The decision regarding Jimmy Butler’s departure from the 76ers was not solely about Butler himself. The trade involved multiple players, including Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, and Al Horford, who are now on different teams. Ben Simmons is with the Nets, Josh Richardson is with the Celtics, and Al Horford joined Butler on the Heat. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the 76ers ultimately chose to prioritize Ben Simmons over retaining Jimmy Butler.

There were numerous transaction deals involved, and although Harris and Butler were both acquired as free agents, Haris emerged as their top pick in the final one. Butler became a little annoyed by this because, at the end of the day, Harris was a member of the squad, and all the resentment was directed against him.

Once more, they will square off in a contest that will be a toe-to-toe battle. Both teams’ stats are fairly comparable. Heat won 46 games, and the Sixers won 47. Butler is enjoying a tremendous season, and Green believes he will push his team to new heights.

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