Born in Houston, Texas, Jimmy Butler has become a star in the NBA while taking an alternate route than most do. Butler was kicked out of his home when he was 13 years old when his mother said to him, “I don’t like the look of you. You got to go”. Butler bounced around from friend to friend and found out he liked the game of basketball when a friend challenged him to a shooting contest.
Butler’s breakout high school season came as a senior when he averaged 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds. He was not recruited out of high school and chose to attend Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Butler didn’t allow being at a school not known for its sports to get him down –he averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his first year at TJC. A tiny university named Marquette took notice and offered him an athletic scholarship and he thrived after joining the starting lineup.
Butler was chosen 30th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He has averaged 16.5 points per game so far, but has averaged in the low 20’s since 2014-2015. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and forced his way off the Timberwolves by asking for a trade. He has since been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and is a free agent at the end of the season and can decide exactly where he wants to go, and any team will be lucky to have him!
By STEVE FARACE
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