Rasual Butler

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Rasual Butler
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Free agent
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1979-05-23) May 23, 1979 (age 37)
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
Playing 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
2014–2015 Washington Wizards
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.

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 selected by the Miami Heat with the 53rd pick of the 2002 NBA draft.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] His career-high total were 134 made three-point shots (37 percent) during the 2006–07 NBA season.[4]

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.[5]

On August 12, 2009, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Butler by trading a conditional 2016 second round draft pick.[6] He was waived by the Clippers on February 28, 2011,[7] and signed with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2011.[8]

In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with CB Gran Canaria.[9] However, he never made an appearance for them on the court.

On December 10, 2011 Butler signed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors.[10] 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.[11]

On January 18, 2013, Butler joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.[12] 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.[13]

On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[14][15] He averaged 2.7 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 50 games.[16]

On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Washington Wizards.[17] 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.[18]

On September 28, 2015, Butler signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[19] On March 9, 2016, he was waived by the Spurs. He averaged 2.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 9.4 minutes in 46 games.[20]

Off the court[edit]

Butler starred in Trina's music video "Here We Go".[21]

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
2014–15 Washington 70 1 20.1 .422 .387 .791 2.6 .8 .4 .3 7.7
2015–16 San Antonio 46 0 9.4 .471 .306 .688 1.2 .5 .3 .5 2.7
Career 809 266 21.3 .403 .362 .747 2.4 .8 .4 .5 7.5

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
2015 Washington 2 0 3.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .5 .0 .0 .0
Career 42 6 11.2 .407 .417 .857 1.2 .3 .1 .1 3.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 NBA Draft". NBADraft.net. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Tim (August 2, 2005). "Walker to Heat in five-team, 13-player megadeal". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rasual Butler 2003-04 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rasual Butler 2006-07 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rasual Butler 2007-08 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Clippers Acquire Rasual Butler From New Orleans". NBA.com. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "CLIPPERS WAIVE BUTLER". NBA.com. February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "BULLS SIGN FREE AGENT RASUAL BUTLER". NBA.com. March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CB Gran Canaria lands former Bulls Rasual Butler". Sportando.com. August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Raptors Sign Free Agent Forward Rasual Butler". NBA.com. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Raptors waive Rasual Butler". ESPN.com. March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tulsa Acquires Guard Rasual Butler". OurSportsCentral.com. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tulsa's Rasual Butler Earns 2013 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year Award". NBA.com. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Agness, Scott (September 27, 2013). "Pacers have officially signed @RasualButler45...". Twitter.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pacers sign Hilton Armstrong". Sportando.com. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rasual Butler 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Wizards Sign Six for Training Camp". NBA.com. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rasual Butler’s stunning resurgence leads to guaranteed contract". WashingtonPost.com. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2015-16 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  20. ^ "SPURS WAIVE RASUAL BUTLER". NBA.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ Whitaker, Land (April 17, 2006). "NBA Antics". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2006. 

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