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Caron Butler

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NBA CAREER:
Averaging 14.3 ppg (.434 FG%, .349 3pt%, .847 FT%), 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg and 32.6 mpg in 864 career games (started 731) in 13 seasons with eight teams - Miami (2002-03 - 2003-04), L.A. Lakers (2004-05), Washington (2005-06 - 2009-10), Dallas (2009-10 - 2010-11), L.A. Clippers (2011-12 - 2012-13), Milwaukee (2013-14), Oklahoma City (2013-14) and Detroit (2014-15) ... Averaged 10 or more points in 11 of his 13 seasons.

NBA HONORS/AWARDS:
Named to the 2002-03 NBA All-Rookie First Team ...Won NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times in 2003 (November, January, February and March)... Was a member of the Rookie Team in the 2003 “got milk?” Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend...Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from 1/15-1/21, 2007...Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star squad in 2007 and 2008...Was a member of the 2011 NBA Champions, Dallas Mavericks.

NBA RANKINGS:
As a rookie, ranked ninth in steals and eighth in steals per game ... Ranked third in steals per game in 2006-07, seventh overall in steals ... Entering the 2015-16 season, his 1,154 steals ranks 93rd all-time in NBA and his .847 free throw percentage ranks him 60th all-time.

TRANSACTIONS/CAREER NOTES:
Selected after sophomore season by Miami Heat in first round (10th pick overall) of 2002 NBA Draft. ... Traded by Heat with F Lamar Odom, F Brian Grant, a first-round draft choice and a second-round draft choice to Los Angeles Lakers for C Shaquille O’Neal (7/14/04). ... Traded by Lakers with G Chucky Atkins to Washington Wizards for C Kwame Brown and F Laron Pro t (8/2/05) ... Traded by the Wizards with Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks for Drew Gooden, Josh Howard, Quinton Ross and James Singleton (2/13/10) ... Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers (12/9/11) ... Traded by the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team trade (7/10/13) - Was traded to the Phoenix Suns with Eric Bledsoe; the Los Angeles Clippers traded a future second-round draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks; the Bucks traded J.J. Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Suns traded Jared Dudley to the Clippers; and the Suns traded a 2014 second-round draft pick to the Bucks ... Traded by the Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks for Viacheslav Kravtsov and Ish Smith (8/29/13) ... Waived by the Bucks (2/27/14) ... Signed as a free agent by the Oklahoma City Thunder (3/1/14) ... Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Pistons (7/15/14).

2014-15 (Detroit):
Averaged 5.9 ppg (.407 FG%, .379 3pt%, a career-high .902 FT%), 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg and 20.8 mpg in 78 games (started 21) ... Missed two games with back spasms ... DNP-CD twice In 21 games as a starter, averaged 7.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 0.8 apg in 21.4 mpg ... Averaged 5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 0.9 apg in 57 games as a reserve ... Scored 10-plus points 15 times and 20-plus points four times ... Led the team in scoring three times...Among NBA league leaders, was tied for 29th in 3-point field goal percentage ... Had his best offensive month of the season in April when he averaged 7.5 ppg, (.475 FG%, .593 3pt%, .857 FT%) in eight games. Top Single-Game Performances: Scored a season-high 24 points at Minnesota (10/30/14) and grabbed season-high eight rebounds twice [at Minnesota (10/30/14) and at Oklahoma City (11/14/14)] ... Dished out season-high three assists three times [vs. Dallas (12/17/14), at Cleveland (12/28/14) and vs. Miami (4/4/15)] ... Recorded season-high four steals vs. Chicago (2/20/15) ... Scored his 12,000th career point vs. Phoenix (11/19/14).

2013-14 (Milwaukee/Oklahoma City):
Averaged 10.5 ppg (.394 FG%, .394 3pt%, .840 FT%), 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 25.3 mpg in 56 games (started 13) with Milwaukee and Oklahoma City ... Averaged 11.0 ppg (.387 FG%, .361 3pt%, .839 FT%), 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg and 24.1 mpg in 34 gmaes (started 13) with Milwaukee ... Averaged 9.7 ppg (.409 FG%, .441 3pt%, .842 FT%), 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 27.2 mpg in 22 games off the bench with Oklahoma City ... Scored 10-plus points 29 times, 20-plus eight times and 30-plus twice. Top Single-Game Performances: Scored a season-high 38 points (13-22 FG, 4-8 3pt) at Philadelphia (11/22/13) ... Grabbed season-high 13 rebounds (12 defensive) vs. Dallas (11/9/13) ... Shot 6-of-6 from beyond the arc at Sacramento (4/8/14) ... Shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range to score 15 points vs. Utah (3/30/14).

2012-13 (L.A. Clippers):
Averaged 10.4 ppg (.424 FG%, .388 3pt%, .833 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg and 24.1 mpg in starting all 78 games he played in ... ... Did not play in three games due to injury (one due to a right shoulder strain, one to a sore lower back, and one to a left elbow strain) ... Scored 10-plus points 41 times and 20-plus nine times. Top Single-Game Performances: Recorded season-high 33 points and a career-high and Clippers franchise-record nine 3-point field goals made vs. New Orleans (11/26/12).

2011-12 (L.A. Clippers):
Averaged 12.0 ppg (.407 FG%, .358 3pt%, .813 FT%), 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg and 29.7 mpg in starting all 63 games he played in ... Missed game vs. Minnesota (1/20/12) due to hyperextended right knee ... Scored 20-plus points nine times and reached double-figures in scoring a total of 40 times. Top Single- Game Performances: Made Clippers debut at Golden State (12/25/11) and recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds ... Scored 10,000th NBA point vs. Oklahoma City (1/30/12).

2010-11 (Dallas):
Averaged 15.0 ppg (.450 FG%, .431 3pt%, .773 FT%), 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg and 29.9 mpg in starting all 29 games he played in ... Missed the final 53 games of the season after suffering a ruptured right patellar tendon at Milwaukee (1/1/11).

2009-10 (Washington/Dallas):
Averaged 16.3 ppg (.428 FG%, .290 3pt%, .838 FT%), 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg and 37.6 mpg in starting all 74 games he played in with Washington and Dallas ... Averaged 16.9 ppg (.422 FG%, .263 3pt%, .877 FT%), 6.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg and 39.4 mpg in starting all 47 games he played in with Washington ... Averaged 15.2 ppg (.440 FG%, .340 3pt%, .760 FT%), 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg and 34.4 mpg in starting all 27 games he played in with Dallas. Top Single-Game Performances: Recorded 24 games with 20-plus points and nine double-doubles ... Scored a season-high 31 points to go with nine rebounds at Orlando (2/5/10).

2008-09 (Washington):
Averaged a career-high 20.8 ppg (.453 FG%, .310 3pt%, .858 FT%), 6.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg and 38.6 mpg in stating all 67 games he played in ... Joined LeBron James as the only two players in the NBA to average 20-plus points, six-plus rebounds and four-plus assists per game ... Scored 30-plus points 11 times including a season-high 39 points at Boston (4/15/09).

2007-08 (Washington):
Averaged 20.3 ppg (.466 FG%, .357 3pt%, .901 FT%), 6.7 rpg, 4.9 apg, a career-high 2.2 spg in starting all 58 games he played in ... Made his second consecutive Eastern Conference All-Star Team ... Ranked sixth in the NBA in free throw percentage. Top Single-Game Performances: Recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Golden State (11/23/07) ... Scored a career-high 40 points at Milwaukee (1/27/08).

2006-07 (Washington):
Averaged 19.1 ppg (.463 FG%, .250 3pt%, .863 FT%), a career-high 7.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.1 spg and 39.3 mpg in starting all 63 games he played in ... Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team ... Scored 30-plus points three times and 20-plus points on 32 occasions.

2005-06 (Washington):
Averaged 17.6 ppg (.455 FG%, .342 3pt%, .870 FT%), 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg and 36.1 mpg in 75 games (started 54) ... Combined with Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas to form highest scoring teammates trio in the NBA (67.4 ppg). Top Single-Game Performance: Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at Chicago (1/26/06).

2004-05 (L.A. Lakers):
Averaged 15.5 ppg (.445 FG%, .304 3pt%, .862 FT%), 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg and 35.7 mpg in starting all 77 games he played in. Top Single- Game Performances: Scored season-high 31 points to go with 10 rebounds at New Jersey (1/10/05).

2003-04 (Miami):
Averaged 9.2 ppg (.380 FG%, .238 3pt%, .756 FT%), 4.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg and 29.9 mpg in 68 games (started 56) ... Scored 10-plus points 33 times and 20-plus four times.

2002-03 (Miami):
Named to the NBA All- Rookie First Team after averaging 15.4 ppg (.416 FG%, .318 3pt%, .824 FT%), 5.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg and 36.6 mpg in starting all 78 games he played in ... Finished third in Rookie-of-the-Year balloting.

COLLEGE CAREER:
Averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 3.0 apg in 63 games played during his two-year collegiate career at Connecticut (2000-02) ... Averaged 15.3 ppg and 7.6 rpg as a freshman ... Named Co-Big East Player of the Year and a Second Team All- American as a sophomore after averaging 20.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and leading the Huskies to the Big East regular season and tournament titles ... Scored 32 points in his final collegiate game against eventual NCAA National Champion Maryland in the Elite 8 of the 2002 NCAA Tournament ... Was a member of the US Men’s Team that won gold at the 2001 FIBA U21 World Championship.

PERSONAL:
Full name is James Caron Butler ... He and his wife Andrea have four daughters; Mia, Camary, Ava and Gia and one son, Caron Jr. ... Was a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in September 2005 in a show titled “How My Worst Moment Made Me a Star” ... Would like to open a group home and run it when he is done with his playing career. .. Teamed with NFL greats Marcus Allen, Michael Strahan, Kevin Faulk and Donnie Edwards and other investors to start Ramsell Dining LLC, which purchased 18 Burger King franchises in Norfolk, VA, and Richmond, VA.

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Vitals

Height: 6'7''/ 2.01m
Weight: 228 lbs./ 103.4 kg
Born: March 13, 1980
From: University of Connecticut
Draft: 1st Round (10th pick) 2002 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2002
Years Pro: 13
Previous Teams:
  Sacramento Kings 2015 - 2015
  Detroit Pistons 2014 - 2014
  Oklahoma City Thunder 2013 - 2013
  Phoenix Suns 2013 - 2013
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Connecticut/USA

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