Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the Chicago Bulls will start Jimmy Butler at shooting guard next season.

"He does, he does," said Thibodeau. "I thought he had tremendous growth last year, and I think it started at the conclusion of his rookie year. He came into the gym and worked every day, had a terrific Summer League, and came right back into the gym in August. And he just got better and better throughout the season."

Butler averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in the playoffs last season.