In case you wanted more evidence that National Basketball Association players are simply different athletically than the rest of us, a jaw-dropping video from Kyrie Irving might be all that's needed. Simmons and Embiid are great, but they are limited in ways that Butler is not.
The hosts will need to get a bit more from veteran forward Nic Batum, who has averaged just 3.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists against Philly this season. Even though the four-time All-Star insisted he wasn't a distraction for Minnesota, many saw Butler as a bad influence on Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
The Warriors, missing injured starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green - and still smarting from the dust-up between Green and teammate Kevin Durant earlier this week - led by eight in the second half before Dallas rallied to beat the Warriors for just the second time in their last 19 meetings.
"Tonight's a great example - we fought so hard throughout this game and we deserved to win".
After the game, Butler chalked up his game-winner to two things: the confidence that his new team has in him and a desire to prove JJ Redick wrong. Walker said he thought he got fouled, but it wasn't called. "I'm confident in the shots I take, but that one, I'm glad I made it".
They also acquired Butler so they could have someone to rely on in close situations at the end of a game. He made all 12 foul shots and had seven rebounds and four assists. All told, it was a stat line that gives him a special place in Hornets history.
Walker is the Hornets' first player to record back-to-back games of at least 40 points since Glen Rice in April 1997, with his two-game haul also a new franchise best - beating Rice's previous record by 20 points.
Walker even hit the Sixers with a Michael Jordan shrug after he banked in a 3-pointer to give the Hornets late in the fourth quarter.
"I think not a lot of defense is being played", he said prior to the game. "I will have to say that one", Walker said.