Jimmy Butler
#22 Shooting Guard

Jimmy Butler

Height / Weight
6' 7" / 230 lbs
Born
Sep 14, 1989 (32)
College
Marquette
NBA Draft
1st Round, 30th Overall, 2011
Nationality
American
SEASON STATS
2021-2022
PTS
21.0
-0.5
Rebounds
4.0
-2.9
Assists
6.0
-1.1
PER
33.77
+2.98
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Jimmy Butler
Nickname: Jimmy Buckets
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas
Education: Marquette
Parents: Londa Butler
Spouse: Kaitlin Nowak

Jimmy Butler Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Jimmy Butler is an American pro basketball player who currently plays as both a shooting guard and small forward for the Miami Heat. He was born on September 14, 1989, in Houston, Texas. Butler can best be described as a late bloomer who wasn’t heavily recruited in high school. However, he’s blossomed into a bonafide star in the NBA. He won Most-Improved Player honors in 2015 and has been a five-time all-star. Butler has twice led the NBA in minutes played, scored over 20 points per game in five different seasons, and has become one of the NBA’s top defensive players.

Butler had a tumultuous childhood, getting kicked out of his house at age 13. He lived with various friends until settling in with the family of former NFL player Jordan Leslie. Butler spent one year at Tyler Junior College in Texas before landing at Marquette, where he began to blossom. He was selected 30th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 NBA Draft. After a slow start to his career, Butler started to emerge as a star in his third pro season and became an all-star for the first time in his fourth pro season.

After six seasons with the Bulls, Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in June 2017. After a year in Minnesota, Butler requested a trade and was eventually dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers. He finished the 2018-19 season with the 76ers before hitting the free-agent market, ultimately being part of a four-team sign-and-trade agreement that sent him to the Miami Heat.

Jimmy Butler Basketball Career

High School Career (Tomball High School)

Growing up, Jimmy Butler’s family was abandoned by his father when he was an infant. At age 13, his mother kicked him out of the house. Butler eventually found a permanent home with the family of a friend and classmate Jordan Leslie, who would later have a brief career in the NFL. Butler and Leslie both attended Tomball High School in the Houston metropolitan area. As a senior, Butler averaged 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game but received little attention from colleges.

College Career (Tyler Junior College, Marquette)

Butler began his college career at Tyler Junior College in Texas, averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. While he attracted some attention from Division 1 programs, he was considered a two-star prospect by recruiting services. 

Ultimately, Butler transferred to Marquette, where he played under head coach Buzz Williams. Butler came off the bench as a sophomore, averaging just 5.6 points per game before moving into the starting lineup as a junior. He averaged 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a junior and 15.7 points per game as a senior, earning Big East honorable mention both seasons. Butler helped the Golden Eagles reach the NCAA Tournament in all three of his seasons, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011 during his senior season.

NBA Career

The Chicago Bulls made Butler the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He came off the bench during his rookie season but started 20 games for Chicago in his second pro season. Butler carved out a much more prominent role on the Bulls during his third pro season, leading the NBA in minutes played during the 2013-14 campaign. The following year, Butler averaged 20 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, being named an all-star for the first time and winning the NBA’s Most-Improved Player award.

During the summer of 2015, Butler agreed to a five-year, $95 deal to re-sign with the Bulls. He was an all-star with the Bulls in each of the next two seasons. However, in June 2017, Butler was traded along with Justin Patton to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen. Despite missing six weeks due to a knee injury, Butler 22.2 points per game with the Timberwolves and made the All-Star Team for the fourth straight year.

Ahead of training camp for the 2018-19 season, Butler requested a trade away from Minnesota, making it clear he wouldn’t remain with the team when his contract expired. In November 2018, the Timberwolves traded Butler and Justin Patton to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, and Dario Šarić. Despite averaging 18.2 points per game with the 76ers after the trade, Butler didn’t make the All-Star Team in 2019, although he helped guide Philadelphia to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

As a free agent after the 2018-19 season, Butler chose to join the Miami Heat. The 76ers and Heat worked out a four-team, sign-and-trade deal to send Butler to Miami on a four-year, $142 million contract. Prior to the 2019-20 season being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Butler was named an all-star and Miami’s leading scorer with 20.2 points per game.

Jimmy Butler Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Ahead of the 2019-20 season, Jimmy Butler had earned roughly $77.9 million from his NBA salary over the first eight seasons of his career. He earned $19.8 million during the 2018-19 season, but after signing a four-year, $142 million deal during the summer of 2019, his salary ballooned to $32.7 million for the 2019-20 season.

Meanwhile, Butler has a slew of endorsement deals from companies like Aquahydrate, Beats By Dre, Bonobos, Five Four, and Hyperice. Butler backed out of a deal with Adidas to sign with Jordan Brand. However, he and Jordan Brand mutually parted ways in January 2020.

Jimmy Butler signed a four-year, $5.3 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in 2011.

Jimmy Butler signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in 2015.

Jimmy Butler signed a four-year, $142 million deal with the Miami Heat in 2019.

Jimmy Butler Personal Life

The identity of Butler’s father is unknown, as he abandoned the family when Butler was an infant. He was raised by his mother Londa Butler until he was kicked out of the house at age 13. He crashed with several friends for a few weeks at a time until being taken in by the mother and step-father of friend Leslie Jordan. 

In October 2019, Butler became a father with the birth of a daughter named Rylee. It’s believed but unconfirmed that the mother of the child is Butler’s girlfriend Kaitlin Nowak. However, Butler has been romantically linked to several women in the past.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
5 x NBA All-Star
2015-2018, 2020
2 x All-NBA Third Team
2017, 2018
4 x All-Defensive Second Team
2014-2016, 2018
1 x Most Improved Player
2015
Awards and Honors by Year:
2014
All-Defensive Second Team
2015
NBA All-Star, All-Defensive Second Team, Most Improved Player
2016
NBA All-Star, All-Defensive Second Team
2017
NBA All-Star, All-NBA Third Team
2018
NBA All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, All-Defensive Second Team
2020
NBA All-Star

Jimmy Butler Fun Facts

  • There have been unconfirmed rumors circulating that Jimmy Butler is the illegitimate son of Michael Jordan, although this has never been proven.
  • Jimmy Butler used to play the guitar but stopped after seeing all of the calluses on Garth Brooks’ hands.
  • Rumor has it that Jimmy Butler took the rearview mirror out of his car because he would prefer not to look in the past.
  • Jimmy Butler owns a boombox-themed aquarium.
  • Jimmy Butler appears in the music video for Luke Bryan’s song “Light It Up.”
  • Jimmy Butler is close friends with actor Mark Wahlberg. The two have gone on vacation together.
Career stats
2021-2022
MIA
2020-2021
MIA
2019-2020
MIA
2018-2019
PHI
2017-2018
MIN
2016-2017
CHI
2015-2016
CHI
2014-2015
CHI
2013-2014
CHI
2012-2013
CHI
2011-2012
CHI
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2021-2022
1 29.0 60.0 0.0 81.8 4.0 6.0 0.0 1.0 21.0
2020-2021
52 33.5 49.7 24.5 86.3 6.9 7.1 0.3 2.1 21.5
2019-2020
58 33.8 45.5 24.4 83.4 6.7 6.0 0.6 1.8 19.9
2018-2019
65 33.6 46.2 34.7 85.5 5.3 4.0 0.6 1.9 18.7
2017-2018
59 36.7 47.4 35.0 85.4 5.3 4.9 0.4 2.0 22.2
2016-2017
76 36.9 45.5 36.7 86.5 6.2 5.5 0.4 1.9 23.9
2015-2016
67 36.9 45.5 31.1 83.2 5.4 4.8 0.6 1.6 20.9
2014-2015
65 38.7 46.2 37.8 83.4 5.8 3.3 0.6 1.8 20.0
2013-2014
67 38.7 39.7 28.3 76.9 4.9 2.6 0.5 1.9 13.1
2012-2013
82 26.0 46.7 38.1 80.3 4.0 1.4 0.4 1.0 8.6
2011-2012
44 8.5 42.7 18.2 75.0 1.3 0.3 0.1 0.3 2.7
Recent Games
Thu 10/21
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Thu 10/21
W 95-137
29 21 1 3 4 6 1 0 1