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Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler Heat.jpeg
Butler during a Heat game.
No. 22 – Miami Heat
Position Shooting Guard
Small Forward
League Flag of the United States.png NBA
Personal information
Full name Jimmy Butler III
Born September 14, 1989 (1989-09-14) (age 32)
Houston, Texas
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 236 (100 kg)
Professional basketball career
NBA Draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 2011–present (11 years)
High school/College career
High school Tomball High School
(Tomball, Texas)
College Tyler Junior College
Career history
20112017 Chicago Bulls
20172018 Minnesota Timberwolves
2018–2019 Philadelphia 76ers
2019–present Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards

Jimmy Butler III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

After playing one year of college basketball for Tyler Junior College, he transferred to Marquette University. He was drafted with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Nicknamed "Jimmy Buckets", Butler is a five-time NBA All-Star, a three-time All-NBA Team honoree, and a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team honoree. In 2015, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player.

High School career

Butler was forced to go through a rough childhood after being homeless for a period of time, temporarily living at friends' houses from time to time. While playing basketball at Tomball High School, he became friends with a football and basketball player at the school, Jordan Leslie, whose family allowed Butler to stay at his house. Jimmy Butler averaged 16.0 points per game and was named the teams' most valuable player during his high school years.

Collegiate career

Freshman season

Jimmy Butler first attended Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX) for his freshman year after failing to be a popular recruit.

Sophomore season

For his sophomore season, he transferred to Marquette before an unsuccessful season, where Butler averaged just 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Perhaps NBA players such as Wesley Matthews and Lazar Hayward are to blame. Both along with current professional basketball playersJerel McNeal and Dominic James used to dominate the scoring category in the 2008-09 college basketball season.

Junior season

After Wesley Matthew's departure before the 2009-10, Jimmy Butler (who was named a starter) and Lazar Hayward helped Marquette reach their 5th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. With a field goal percentage of .530 at the end of his junior year, Butler also proved to be one of the most efficient shooters on the team.

Senior season

Jimmy Butler continued to play an important role for his team in his senior season. He was only beaten in the scoring category by junior Darius Johnson-Odom and the newcomer Jae Crowder also played a crucial role. Butler finished his season breaking his personal scoring record although he had a less successful season otherwise. He was also invited to the Reese's College All-Star Game, where he recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 108-113 loss. In the same season, Jimmy Butler was named Portsmouth Invitational Tournament MVP after participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament , where he averaged 18.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.

Professional career

Chicago Bulls (2011–2017)

Jimmy Butler was selected as the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He started his pro career with a rough rookie season, averaging just 2.6 points per game, being on the bench for the entire season. It wasn't until the next season that he would figure things out and become one of the most improved players in the NBA. In the 2012-13 season, Jimmy Butler averaged a much higher 8.6 points per game, and recorded 18 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in his first NBA start following starter Luol Deng's injury. By the end of the season, seeing Butler as a starter was common because of his defensive skills. In the playoffs of that season, Jimmy Butler averaged 40.8 MPG in 12 games of postseason play.

2016–17 season

In the Bulls' season opener on October 27, Butler scored a team-high 24 points in a 105–99 win over the Boston Celtics. On November 9, he had a 39-point effort in a 115–107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Three days later, he scored 37 points, hit all 14 free throws, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a season-high nine assists in a 106–95 win over the Washington Wizards. On November 20, he scored a season-high 40 points in a 118–110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The following day, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 14 through Sunday, November 20. On December 28, he matched his season high with 40 points and hit a 20-footer at the buzzer to give the Bulls a 101–99 comeback victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Butler scored nine points in the final 2½ minutes to rally Chicago. He finished 11 for 11 from the free-throw line and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Bulls overcame a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes.

On January 2, 2017, Butler scored 52 points in a 118–111 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He was a point shy of his career high, which he got on January 14, 2016, and scored 20 points in the first half and 17 in the game's final four minutes. He also had 12 rebounds and six assists while shooting 21-of-22 from the free-throw line. On January 7, he hit the 40-point mark for the third time in six games, finishing with 42 points in a 123–118 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. Two days later, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 2 through Sunday, January 8. On January 19, Butler was named a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. After questioning the desire of the team's younger players following a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on January 25, Butler was fined and held out of the starting lineup against the Miami Heat on January 27 as punishment. He subsequently finished with just three points on 1-for-13 shooting. On February 25, 2017, he recorded his third career triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 117–99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 26, 2017, he had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists in a 109–94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. On April 6, 2017, he recorded his fourth career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 102–90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2017–2018)

Butler during a Timberwolves game in Dec. 2017

On June 22, 2017, the day of the NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls traded Butler and their 16th pick to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the 7th pick in the 2018 NBA draft who turned out to be Lauri Markkanen.

In his debut for the Timberwolves in their season opener on October 18, Butler scored 12 points in a 107–99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. On December 3, he scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves' 112–106 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. On December 12, he scored 38 points in a 118–112 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On December 18, he had a 37-point effort in a 108–107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On December 27, Butler scored 12 of Minnesota's 14 points in overtime and finished with a season-high 39 to lift the Timberwolves to a 128–125 victory over the Denver Nuggets. On January 23, he was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve. On February 9, in his return to Chicago, Butler scored 38 points in a 114–113 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Butler chose to not play in the All-Star Game, prioritizing the stretch run of the season and thought the rest would benefit him. However, in the Timberwolves' first game after the All-Star break, on February 23 against the Houston Rockets, Butler left the game late in the third quarter with a right knee injury. Two days later, he underwent meniscus surgery and was ruled out indefinitely. Butler returned to action on April 6 to score 18 points in a 113–96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. In Game 3 of the Timberwolves' first-round playoff series against the top-seeded Houston Rockets, Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points in a 121–105 win. The Timberwolves went on to lose the series in five games.

Shortly before training camp in 2018, Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves, indicating he would not re-sign with the team in the 2019 off-season. When a trade was not achieved prior to the start of the regular season, Butler opted to play for Minnesota in 2018–19. He appeared in 10 of the Timberwolves' first 13 games before being traded in early November.

Philadelphia 76ers (2018–2019)

Jimmy Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the beginning of the 2018–19 season.

On November 12, 2018, Butler was traded, along with Justin Patton, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Šarić and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

He made his debut for the 76ers two days later, scoring 14 points in a 111–106 loss to the Orlando Magic. On November 25, he recorded 34 points and 12 rebounds and made a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the 76ers a 127–125 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. On December 5, he scored a season-high 38 points in a 113–102 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Two days later, he had a second straight 38-point game in a 117–111 win over the Detroit Pistons. On January 29, Butler was shifted to point guard and had 20 points and six assists in a 121–105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. In Game 1 of the 76ers' first-round playoff series against the Nets, Butler scored a game-high 36 points in a 111–102 loss. In Game 2 of the second round, Butler had 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the 76ers tie the series against the Raptors at 1–1 with a 94–89 win. In Game 6, he scored 25 points in a 112–101 win, helping the 76ers tie series against the Raptors at 3–3. The 76ers went on to lose 92–90 in Game 7 despite Butler's 16 points after Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot from the corner at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling.

Miami Heat (2019–present)

On July 6, 2019, Butler signed with the Miami Heat via a sign and trade with the 76ers in a four-team trade.

On December 9, 2019, Butler was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after he averaged 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. On December 10, Butler recorded a career-high 18 rebounds, along with 20 points and 11 assists in a 135–121 overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks. On January 30, Butler was named to his fifth NBA All-Star Game.

The Heat reached the NBA Finals after defeating the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals in 6 games, earning Butler his first Finals appearance. In Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Finals, Butler finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists and became the third player in Finals history to record a 40+ point triple-double, joining LeBron James (then with the Cleveland Cavaliers) in 2015 and Jerry West with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1969. Butler also became the first player to have more points, rebounds, and assists in a Finals game than James, who finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. In Game 5, Butler had 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and 5 steals to become the first player to register 35+ points, 10+ rebounds, 10+ assists, and 5+ steals in a Finals game. He is also the second player to reach such stats in NBA playoff history after Gary Payton in 2000. Butler became the second player with multiple 30-point triple-doubles in the same Finals series, joining James in 2015. He became the sixth player with multiple triple-doubles in a Finals series along with James, Magic JohnsonLarry BirdWilt Chamberlain, and Draymond Green. The Heat came up short against the Los Angeles Lakers, losing in six games. Eventually, Butler became only the second player in a Finals series to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, joining James in 2016.

Statistics Legend

 GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Collegiate career

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2007–08 TJC
2008–09 MARQ
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2010–11 MARQ