|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)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rasual Butler (born May 23, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. 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 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.
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 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|
- Reynolds, Tim (August 2, 2005). "Walker to Heat in five-team, 13-player megadeal". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- "Clippers Acquire Rasual Butler From New Orleans". NBA.com. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- Bulls sign free agent Rasual Butler
- CB Gran Canaria lands former Bulls Rasual Butler
- "Raptors Sign Free Agent Forward Rasual Butler". NBA.com. 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
- Tulsa Acquires Guard Rasual Butler
- Tulsa's Rasual Butler Earns 2013 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year Award
- Scott Agness Twitter, September 27, 2013.
- Pacers sign Hilton Armstrong
- Wizards Sign Six for Training Camp
- Rasual Butler’s stunning resurgence leads to guaranteed contract
- Whitaker, Land (April 17, 2006). "NBA Antics". Sports Illustrated.