Butch Carter

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Butch Carter
Personal information
Born (1958-06-11) June 11, 1958 (age 59)
Springfield, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Middletown (Middletown, Ohio)
College Indiana (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 1980–1986
Position Shooting guard
Number 24, 12, 7
Career history
As player:
1980–1981 Los Angeles Lakers
19811984 Indiana Pacers
19841985 New York Knicks
1985 Philadelphia 76ers
1985–1986 Cincinnati Slammers
As coach:
19982000 Toronto Raptors
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,137 (8.7 ppg)
Rebounds 546 (1.5 rpg)
Assists 683 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clarence Eugene "Butch" Carter (born June 11, 1958) is a retired American basketball player and coach. He is the older brother of retired NFL wide receiver Cris Carter.

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

Carter excelled in basketball and football at Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, from 1973–1976, and was named Ohio's "Player of the Year" in 1976.[1]


Carter played as guard at Indiana University from 1976–1980 and graduated with a degree in Marketing. There, he was notable for hitting the game winning shot in the 1979 NIT championship game, vs. Purdue,[2] earning him the tournament's MVP award, alongside teammate Ray Tolbert.[3]

Carter was named Co-Captain as a senior and led the team to the 1980 Big Ten Championship. He was the first guard to lead the Big Ten field goal percentage.

Professional (1980–1986)[edit]

Carter was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He played a total of six years in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers (1980–1981), Indiana Pacers (1981–1984), New York Knicks (1984–1985), and Philadelphia 76ers (1985). He averaged 8.7 points per game over the six seasons. He held the NBA record for most points in an overtime period (14) for twenty years until surpassed by Earl Boykins.[4] [5]

Coaching career[edit]

High school

From 1986–1988, after leaving the NBA, Carter returned to his alma mater Middletown High School. There, he improved the team from a previous losing record to an (18–3) record. He was acknowledged for this two year turnaround by being named Ohio Basketball High School Coach of the Year. Carter is the only person to be named both Player and Coach of the Year in the state of Ohio.[1]


Carter served as an assistant basketball coach at Long Beach State in 1989. From 1990–1991, he was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton.

Professional (1991–2000)[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

Carter served as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1991–1996 under Frank Hamblen (1991) and Mike Dunleavy (1992–1996). He was promoted to the position of the Bucks scout in 1996–1997.

Toronto Raptors[edit]

In the 1997–1998 season, Carter served as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors under Darrell Walker. He was promoted to the head coach position mid-way through the 1997–1998 season after Walker led the team to a franchise low (11–38) record. Carter finished the remainder of the season with a (5–28) record.[1] During the Shortened 1998–99 NBA season, Carter coached the Raptors to a (23–27) record, improving the team's winning percentage by .308 from the all-time franchise low (16–66) season. Carter developed a reputation for developing young players, such as Rookie of the Year and NBA All-Star Vince Carter, and eventual NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady.[2] In 1998 Carter was known as one of the first coaches to use statistical modeling in player evaluations.

In the 1999–2000 season, Carter coached the Raptors to their first winning season, with a (45–37) record, resulting in the team's first playoff appearance. Carter's turnaround of the Raptors from a franchise-worst dismal (16–66) record to a (45–37) record and a playoff berth in two and a half seasons was a great success. He became the first coach in NBA history to take a team from less than 20 wins to the playoffs in less than two years. However, the playoff berth was short lived as the Raptors were eliminated in the first round by the Knicks.

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Toronto 1997–98 33 5 28 .152 8th in Central Missed Playoffs
Toronto 1998–99 50 23 27 .460 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
Toronto 1999–2000 82 45 37 .549 3rd in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Career 165 73 92 .442 3 0 3 .000


  1. ^ a b "Athletic Hall of Fame: Induction Year 1998". Middletown City Schools. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2006. 
  2. ^ Tolliver, Melanie (2002). Indiana University Basketball. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-579-9. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball – NIT History and Quick facts". CBS Sportsline. 2002. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Regular Season Records: Points". Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Smallest Player the Biggest in Clutch". Retrieved February 10, 2009. 

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