- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Jimmy Butler III
- Nicknames: Jimmy G. Buckets, Himmy Butler, Playoff Jimmy
- Date of Birth: September 14, 1989
- Age: 34 years
- Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
- Londa Butler
- Jimmy Butler
- Relationship: Girlfriend – Kaitlin Nowak (since 2019)
- Occupation of Partner: Model, lifestyle influencer, and entrepreneur
- Children: One daughter
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Miami Heat
- Position: Power Forward, Small Forward, and Shooting Guard
- Jersey Number: #22
- Previous Teams:
- Chicago Bulls (Drafted and played for)
- College Teams:
- Tyler JC (2007-2008)
- Marquette (2008-2011)
- High School: Tomball in Tomball, Texas
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2011
- Round: 1
- Pick: 30
- Drafted by: Chicago Bulls
- NBA Debut: January 1, 2012
- Experience: 12 years
- Awards and Achievements:
- Six-time NBA All-Star
- Five-time All-NBA Team honoree
- Five-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team honoree
- Current Team: Miami Heat
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.01 m (6-7)
- Weight: 104 kg (230 lb)
- Shoots: Right
- Shoe Size: 13 (US)
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Signed on: August 7, 2021
- Duration: Three years
- Total Value: $146,396,031
- Annual Salary: Approx. $48,798,677
- Net Worth: Approx. $80 million
- Other Details:
Jimmy Butler Stats
Team: Chicago Bulls (CHI), Minnesota Timberwolves (MIN), Philadelphia 76ers (PHI), Miami Heat (MIA)
Games Played (GP): 754
Games Started (GS): 649
Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 33.2
- Points (PTS): 18.2 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 46.7% (5.9-12.6)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 32.3% (0.8-2.4)
- Free Throws (FT): 84.2% (5.6-6.6)
- Rebounds (REB): 5.3 RPG
- Assists (AST): 4.2 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.5 BPG
- Steals (STL): 1.6 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 1.4 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.6 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 13,688
- Field Goals (FG): 4,450-9,519
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 592-1,835
- Free Throws (FT): 4,196-4,982
- Rebounds (REB): 4,033
- Assists (AST): 3,176
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 2.6
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 1.0
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.438
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.50
- Double Doubles (DD2): 95
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 15
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 35
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 0
- Disqualifications (DQ): 1
- Ejections (EJECT): 2
Jimmy Butler, also known as “Jimmy Buckets”, is an NBA All-Star renowned for his gritty determination, two-way game, and leadership qualities. He emerged as a crucial player first for the Chicago Bulls and later shined with the Timberwolves, 76ers, and especially with the Miami Heat, leading them to the NBA Finals. Off the court, his work ethic and commitment to his craft have made him an inspiration to many, further solidifying his place in the league as not only a top player but also as a beloved teammate and competitor.
Jimmy Butler 2023-24 Profile
Jimmy Butler — the 6 foot 7, 230 pound Small Forward for the Miami Heat — has been considered one of the NBA’s best all-around players for the last decade; and he has the stats to back it up. Yet, what has stood out about Butler in the past few seasons is his leadership ability, and his knack for making the players around him better — proven by him leading a Miami Heat team (that, on paper, shouldn’t be a constant championship contender) to two NBA Finals appearances in the past four seasons. While neither of those appearances has turned into a championship ring, if Butler can do the same thing in the 2023-24 season, perhaps that elusive ring won’t be so elusive any longer.
In this article, we’ll discuss Jimmy Butler’s general information, his pre-NBA background, what he has accomplished in his NBA career so far, and what we can expect in his 2023-24 season.
Jimmy Butler General Information
Jimmy Butler III was born on September 14, 1989, in Houston, Texas, USA. His parents are Jimmy and Londa Butler. While Butler’s Dad abandoned him shortly after Jimmy was born, and his mother kicked him out of the house at one point in his adolescence, Butler still maintains a relationship with both parents.
Jimmy Butler has a girlfriend named Kaitlin Nowak. The couple have been together since 2019, and they have one daughter together. Nowak is a model, lifestyle influencer, and entrepreneur.
On August 7, 2021, Jimmy Butler signed a three-year, $146,396,031 contract with the Miami Heat, which amounts to an annual average salary of $48,798,677. Butler’s estimated net worth is $80 million.
Jimmy Butler wears jersey number 22, and wears a size 13 (US) shoe.
Jimmy Butler Background
After his mother kicked him out of the house at age 13, Jimmy Butler bounced between the homes of various friends. He went to school at Tomball High School, where as a senior he averaged 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Because he was not recruited heavily out of high school, Butler attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. After his freshman season at Tyler JC, where he had averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, Butler drew interest from Division 1 basketball programs. Ultimately, he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Marquette University.
As a sophomore at Marquette, Butler averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. After he became a starter as a junior during Marquette’s 2009-10 season, Butler averaged 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and earned All-Big East Honorable Mention honors. Then, as a senior, Butler averaged 15.7 points per game and earned an All-Big East Honorable Mention for the second straight year.
Once his college career ended, Butler declared for the 2011 NBA Draft. And on June 23, 2011, Jimmy Butler was selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Butler’s NBA Career So Far
After not playing much during his 2011-12 rookie season, Butler played in all 82 games of Chicago’s 2012-13 campaign, and averaged 8.6 points and 4 rebounds per game.
In the 2013-14 season, Butler averaged 38.7 minutes per game, which was the most in the entire NBA. At the season’s end, Butler was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
But Butler’s biggest improvement came in the 2014-14 season, where his scoring average increased to 20 points per game from the 13.1 it was a year before. Butler made his first All-Star team this season and won the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award once the year ended.
On January 14 of the 2015-26 season, Butler scored 53 points in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers — the first time a Bulls player had scored 50 or more points in a game since 2004. Butler was voted to the 2016 All-Star Game as well.
After scoring a career-high 23.9 points per game in the 2016-17 season, Butler was named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2017 All-Star game (his first selection as a starter), and earned his first All-NBA selection upon making the All-NBA Second Team.
Prior to the 2017-18 season, Jimmy Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler made his fourth straight All-Star game that season, but dealt with a knee injury for most of the regular season after the All-Star break. Despite a solid showing from Butler, the Timberwolves lost in the first round of the playoffs.
After requesting a trade from Minnesota at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on November 12, 2018. Surrounded by better scores around him, Butler’s points per game average dropped to 18.2 on the 76ers that season. Philadelphia lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
Butler signed with the Miami Heat before the 2019-20 season, and went on to make his 5th All-Star team. In the playoffs, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game and led the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals. Despite an excellent Finals performance from Butler, the Heat lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Butler returned to the All-Star game in 2021-22, and the Heat clinched the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference once the regular season ended. Ultimately, Butler’s Heat lost to the Boston Celtics in a tightly contested Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite averaging the second most points per game in his career (22.9), Butler didn’t make the All-Star team in 2022-23. While the Heat only made the 2023 playoffs through the season-end play-in tournament, they went on to upset the #1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
The Heat progressed through the Eastern Conference playoffs (Butler won Eastern Conference Finals MVP), and faced the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Finals. While he averaged 21.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting from the field during the Finals, Butler’s Heat lost to the Nuggets in five games.
Jimmy Butler 2023-24 Season Forecast
In a recent interview, Jimmy Butler “guaranteed” that the Miami Heat will win the 2023-24 NBA Finals. And while former Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard — who wanted to play for the Heat — was ultimately traded to the Bucks, Butler has proven that he doesn’t need a plethora of other superstars to find success. His elite defense, versatile scoring game, and leadership will shine during the 2023-24 season — so much so that the Heat will likely find postseason success once again. While only time will tell whether Butler’s prediction comes true, one wouldn’t put it past him to ensure that it does.
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