|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
May 23, 1979 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Roman Catholic
|College||La Salle (1998–2002)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|2005–2009||New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2009–2011||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2013||Tulsa 66ers (D-League)|
|2015–2016||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rasual Butler (born May 23, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in the Point Breeze area of South Philadelphia.
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.
Butler was selected by the Miami Heat with the 53rd pick of 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.
His outside shooting is considered to be his greatest strength, shooting 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. 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. He was waived by the Clippers on February 28, 2011, and signed with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2011.
On December 10, 2011 Butler signed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors. He was waived by the Raptors on March 23, 2012. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 13 minutes of action in 34 games.
On January 18, 2013, Butler joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. 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 made the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition.
On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Washington Wizards. After an impressive preseason and a fractured wrist suffered by Bradley Beal, Butler made the final team prior to the start of the 2014–15 season. Within six regular season games, he was a force off the bench as he cemented a role under coach Randy Wittman.
Off the court
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.
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|
|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|
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- "Rasual Butler 2003-04 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Rasual Butler 2006-07 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Rasual Butler 2007-08 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
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- "Raptors waive Rasual Butler". ESPN.com. March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "Tulsa Acquires Guard Rasual Butler". OurSportsCentral.com. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- "Tulsa's Rasual Butler Earns 2013 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year Award". NBA.com. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
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- "Rasual Butler 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Wizards Sign Six for Training Camp". NBA.com. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Rasual Butler's stunning resurgence leads to guaranteed contract". WashingtonPost.com. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2015-16 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- "SPURS WAIVE RASUAL BUTLER". NBA.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- Whitaker, Land (April 17, 2006). "NBA Antics". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2006.