Rasual Butler

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Rasual Butler
Rasual Butler cropped.jpg
Free agent
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1979-05-23) May 23, 1979 (age 35)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Roman Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College La Salle (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro career 2002–present
Career history
20022005 Miami Heat
20052009 New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets
20092011 Los Angeles Clippers
2011 Chicago Bulls
2011–2012 Toronto Raptors
2013 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2013–2014 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year (2013)

Rasual Butler (born May 23, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in the Point Breeze area of south Philadelphia.

College career[edit]

Butler played his college career with the La Salle Explorers. He became the sixth Explorer to score over 2,000 points, and at the time of his induction into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes, he ranked fourth among the Explorer’s all-time scorers (2,125). He was named to First Team All-Atlantic 10 (2001, 2002) and was selected to the Verizon Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament team in 2002. He was inducted into the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 2008.

Professional career[edit]

Butler was a second round draft choice of the Miami Heat in the 2002 NBA Draft. After three seasons, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the largest trade in NBA history. The four-team trade involved the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Utah Jazz, and featured thirteen players, most notably Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey.[1]

His outside shooting is considered to be his greatest strength, achieving 36 percent over the course of his career and even 46 percent (50 total) during the 2003–04 season from behind the three-point line according to NBA.com.[citation needed] His career-high total were 134 made three-point shots (37 percent) during the 2006–07 NBA season.

During the 2007–08 regular season (still with the New Orleans Hornets), he averaged 17 minutes of action, 4.9 points and 2 rebounds per game while coming mostly from the bench.

On August 12, 2009, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Butler by trading a conditional 2016 second round draft pick.[2] He was waived by the Clippers on February 28, 2011,[3] and signed with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2011.[4]

In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with CB Gran Canaria.[5] However, he never made an appearance for them on the court.

On December 10, 2011 Butler signed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors.[6] He was waived by the Raptors on March 23, 2012.

On January 18, 2013, Butler joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.[7] He was subsequently named the 2013 Impact player of the Year which is awarded to a player who joined an NBA D-League team mid-way through the season and making the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition.[8]

On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[9][10]

Off the court[edit]

Butler starred in Trina's music video "Here We Go".[11]

Butler is close friends with fellow NBA player Lamar Odom and was seen in episodes of his television show, Khloe and Lamar. He also was dating Khloe's friend and former assistant, actress Malika Haqq, at the time of his appearance on the show.[citation needed]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Miami 72 28 21.0 .362 .292 .731 2.6 1.3 .3 .6 7.5
2003–04 Miami 45 0 15.0 .476 .463 .762 1.4 .5 .2 .3 6.8
2004–05 Miami 65 15 18.5 .399 .373 .771 2.3 1.0 .3 .4 6.5
2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 79 20 23.7 .406 .380 .693 2.9 .5 .4 .6 8.7
2006–07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 81 38 27.4 .398 .369 .644 3.2 .8 .5 .7 10.1
2007–08 New Orleans 51 8 17.2 .350 .331 .839 2.0 .7 .3 .4 4.9
2008–09 New Orleans 82 74 31.9 .433 .390 .782 3.3 .9 .6 .7 11.2
2009–10 L.A. Clippers 82 64 33.0 .409 .336 .841 2.9 1.4 .4 .8 11.9
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 41 2 18.1 .323 .326 .667 1.9 .7 .2 .4 5.0
2010–11 Chicago 6 0 4.3 .545 .571 .000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 2.7
2011–12 Toronto 34 14 13.3 .308 .273 .583 1.9 .6 .2 .1 3.2
2013–14 Indiana 50 2 7.6 .464 .419 .571 .8 .3 .1 .2 2.7
Career 688 265 22.2 .400 .360 .745 2.4 .8 .4 .5 7.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Miami 10 0 5.8 .409 .333 .000 1.1 .2 .1 .0 2.1
2005 Miami 12 1 15.2 .373 .367 .333 1.5 .6 .1 .1 4.7
2009 New Orleans 5 5 31.6 .459 .526 1.000 3.0 .2 .2 .8 10.6
2011 Chicago 3 0 2.3 1.000 1.000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 1.0
2014 Indiana 10 0 6.3 .357 .417 1.000 .5 .1 .1 .1 1.7
Career 40 6 11.7 .406 .423 .857 1.3 .3 .1 .2 3.8

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