When the Miami Heat acquired Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade deal last summer, they knew they were getting a player who could change the culture of their team. Butler, known for his no-quit attitude and self-assured demeanor, has done just that.

In his first year with the Heat, Butler has become the leader of the team both on and off the court. He has pushed his teammates to never give up, even when faced with a seemingly insurmountable deficit as they were in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

Butler’s influence on the Heat has been undeniable. His relentless work ethic and competitive drive have rubbed off on his teammates, and they now embody his self-assured and never-back-down attitude.

The Heat’s success in the playoffs can be attributed, in large part, to Butler’s leadership. He has been the team’s best player during their playoff run, averaging 21.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. But it’s not just his numbers that have been impressive; it’s the way he has led the team both on and off the court.

Off the court, Butler has become the heart and soul of the Heat.