Butler during his tenure with the Wizards
|No. 5 – Los Angeles Clippers|
March 13, 1980 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Washington Park (Racine, Wisconsin)
Maine Central Institute
|NBA Draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|2004–2005||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2011–present||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Early life 
Butler was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, where he suffered through a rough childhood; he was a drug dealer at age 11 and arrested 15 times before the age of 15. Caron discovered his love for basketball while at the detention center. Butler played in AAU basketball in '98 and '99. After a brief career at Washington Park High School, he enrolled at Maine Central Institute where he was successful enough to receive a scholarship to play at UConn for coach Jim Calhoun for two years.
College career 
At Connecticut, Butler lost 15 pounds off his frame and developed his perimeter game. As a freshman, Butler led the Huskies, only two years removed from a National Championship, in both scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game respectively. The summer after his freshman season he started for the US team that took home gold in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men.
Butler followed his spectacular rookie campaign with an even better sophomore season. Butler averaged 20.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore leading the Huskies to both regular season and tournament Big East titles. He was named co-Big East player of the year (along with Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight) and a second-team All American. Butler led the Huskies to the Elite 8 of the NCAA basketball tournament. Despite 32 points from Butler, the Huskies lost a close game to eventual national champion Maryland Terrapins. After the season Butler declared for the NBA draft.
NBA career 
Butler was a lottery pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, selected with the 10th overall pick by the Miami Heat. He is remembered for his comments on draft day after nine teams passed over him, saying that he was going to make them pay for the rest of his career. In his first season with the Heat, he averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds per game, though during his injury-hampered second season his averages fell slightly to 9 points and 4 rebounds during in 68 games. At the end of the season, the Heat traded Butler, Lamar Odom, and Brian Grant to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal, with whom the Heat won their first NBA championship.
Before the 2005–06 season, the Lakers traded Butler and Chucky Atkins to the Washington Wizards for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit. Butler later signed a 5-year, $46 million dollar deal with the team. He became part of Washington's new "Big 3", a trio made up of teammates Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. Butler was nicknamed "Tough Juice" by coach Eddie Jordan for his aggressive and passionate play, epitomized by Butler's 20 rebounds in the Game 6 loss of opening-round series against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On January 17, 2007, Butler converted his first game-winning basket, a dunk following a pass from DeShawn Stevenson with 2.2 seconds remaining against the Knicks to give the Wizards a 99–98 win. Butler was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for January 15–21, 2007. He would have his best season yet, posting career high averages in rebounds, assists, and points. He was also named as a reserve to the 2007 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team, his first appearance. However, he broke his hand late in the season attempting to block a shot and was forced to sit out during the playoffs along with the injured Gilbert Arenas as the Wizards were swept in their opening round rematch versus the Cavaliers.
Butler, who was sidelined with a hip injury, was selected as a reserve for the East in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana but was forced to sit out. Due to the injury, Butler missed 20 of the Wizards' last 35 games of the season. He returned to the lineup on March 13 (his 28th birthday), when the Wizards hosted the Cavaliers. He registered 19 points (8-for-18 field goals) five rebounds in 41 minutes played in the Wizards' 101–99 win over the Cavs.
On February 13, 2010 Butler was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with Brendan Haywood and Deshawn Stevenson for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross. The Mavericks would qualify for the 2010 NBA Playoffs as the second seed in the Western Conference, but would be upset in six games by the San Antonio Spurs. On January 4, 2011, it was announced that Butler would undergo surgery on his knee and would miss the rest of the season. The Dallas Mavericks dedicated their 2011 playoff run to him, and won the 2011 NBA Finals.
On December 9, 2011, Butler signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Personal life 
He lives in Centreville, Virginia with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Mia. He has another daughter, Camary, and son, Caron Jr., who live in Racine. He has a habit of chewing on straws which he picked up back in AAU ball in '98 or '99. His straws of choice are from McDonald's. While playing for the Washington Wizards, he had an addiction to the soda Mountain Dew. He said he drank about six 12 ounce sodas a day and would wake up in the middle of the night to have one. 
Butler attended a surprise birthday party for Anthony Fadel, a 16-year-old in the Washington, D.C. area when invited by the boy's family. The party was held in May 2007, and the event was primarily reported by Internet blogs, since Wizards PR purposely did not cover the event to preserve the sincerity of Butler's gesture.
NBA career statistics 
|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||Bold||Career high|
Regular season 
- Overcoming the Odds - Oprah.com
- Overcoming the Odds - Oprah.com
- On Caron Butler and Straws
- Lee, Michael (2008-02-16). "The Great Escape". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- Caron Butler Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com
- www.UConnHuskies.com Mens Basketball
- Banged-up Wizards expect to have Butler back in lineup against Cavs
- Butler's dunk in final seconds lifts Wizards past Knicks
- NBA.com: Butler, Nash Named NBA Players of the Week
- "2007 All-Star Reserves Announced", NBA.com, 2 February 2007.
- Butler returns as Wizards dodge Cavs, get back to .500
- Caron Butler out for season
- "A Caron Butler Surprise". The Washington Post.
- ESPN - Caron Butler in the Basement - TrueHoop
- Helin, Kurt . " "Caron Butler used to work at a Burger King, now owns six", nbcsports.com, July 21, 2010.
- NBA.com Profile - Profile at NBA.com
- Basketball-Reference.com: Caron Butler
- Yahoo! Sports Profile at Yahoo!