And on Saturday night in Chicago, the big man put his offensive touch on display as he threw down a massive dunk over Jabari Parker in Toronto's 39-point rout of the Bulls.
Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 31 points, while Rudy Gobert finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes.
Butler was 12 of 15 from the field and the Sixers improved to 8-0 at home this season while extending their home winning streak to 18 dating to last season.
In a loss against the 76ers, Mitchell took 35 shots in the game and didn't have even a single assist.
Still, after falling down by 16 early and standing idly by as the Sixers knocked down 13-of-15 shots in the first period, the Jazz definitely rediscovered some of their mojo. When the bulk of his starters weren't playing up to par throughout the third quarter, it carried over into the final frame before Stevens decided he had seen enough.
Irving's aggression was contagious Friday night, particularly for Jayson Tatum, whose performance late in the game was much more in line with how he played in his breakout rookie campaign last season.
Tyreke Evans, Domantas Sabonis and Cory Joseph led a dominant bench effort as host IN defeated Miami. Its loss to Orlando indicated just that, but the team should come together better as the season wears on. The Raptors have the pieces intact to make a serious run, and will they finally overcome their playoff wise with LeBron James out of the conference finally? Their 86 points are a season-low.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 27 points to lead host Memphis over Sacramento.
Most inexcusable of all, perhaps, was a 55 percent (11-for-20) performance from the line.
Irving isn't sure if his young teammates are pressing, but he knows the team as a whole must find a way to respond when things aren't going as planned.
"This game isn't a given", added Mitchell.
The Nets broke open a close game in the third quarter and led by as many as 19 in the fourth.
Hayward was especially effective late in the game as a primary ball-handler - allowing Irving to play off the ball and not letting the Raptors trap him on the perimeter. OG Anunoby left in the second quarter with a sprained wrist, though the Raptors didn't seem overly concerned about the injury afterward.
"...the Jazz traded for Ricky Rubio, but he wasn't the only point guard the Jazz were considering".