Jimmy Butler showed off some insane hops when he literally jumped over a guy
Jimmy Butler literally jumped over Dennis Schröder. Now usually when these kinds of videos appear they’re not entirely truthful. Players will “jump over” somebody, but in reality they vaulted off of their shoulders and dragged across before reaching their destination. It’s still cool to see, but when the jumpee has their shoulder used as a vault point it loses some of the excitement. There’s just nothing quite like seeing someone get completely cleared. Like when LeBron James jumped over John Lucas III.
However, this jump doesn’t involve a vault or something like that. It’s Butler almost completely clearing Schröder in a transition situation. He loses a couple points for making contact with Schröder’s head, but that’s just nitpicking one of the most absurdly athletic moments of the season. Butler seriously jumped over Schröder and it looked pretty easy too.
This is just insanity. Typically players have to do this when someone’s not paying attention in a transition situation where everybody is moving at top speed. It’s also one of the cooler ways to avoid a charge. If only Butler had managed to complete the layup after clearing Schröder. If he had done that then this would have been easily the best highlight of the season. Unfortunately, he got no points out of it so it’s just a really cool flash of athleticism on his part.
This jump definitely makes the list with LeBron over Lucas III and Vince Carter over Frederic Weis in the Olympics. Nothing will ever top Carter, and LeBron’s jump is just befuddling to the eye ’cause someone that big shouldn’t be able to get that high. Butler even being in the conversation with those is impressive enough. Sorry to say for Schröder, he’s going to be on the wrong side of this highlight for awhile.