Bulls forward Jimmy Butler named to the All-NBA third team

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2017 at TD Garden in Boston, MA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – It wasn’t a season to remember for most of the Bulls, but Jimmy Butler was an exception.

Over the course of the regular season and playoffs, the forward showed off his skills as the team’s primary player while proving that he belongs among the upper echelon of players in the NBA.

Media from around the league have taken notice of that, proving so by naming Butler to the All-NBA third team on Thursday. He received¬†102 total votes from those polled, including 19 for second team and 45 for third team in the first All-NBA honor of the forward’s career.

In his sixth NBA season, Butler recorded the best numbers of his career in 2016-2017 as he averaged 23.9 points, 5.5 assists, and 6.2 rebounds a game. He averaged 22.7 points in the six playoff games against the Celtics in the first round.

Butler was joined by Warriors forward Draymond Green of the Warriors, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Wizards guard John Wall, and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Chicago native Anthony Davis was one of five selected to the All-NBA first team on Thursday. The Pelicans center joined Rockets guard James Harden, Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard on the top team

Chicago native Anthony Davis was one of five selected to the All-NBA first team on Thursday. The Pelicans center joined Rockets guard James Harden, Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard on the top team for the league this past season.