|Butler going up for a dunk.|
|Washington Wizards – No. 3|
|Born||March 13, 1980
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Washington Park High
Maine Central Institute
|Draft||1st round, (10th pick), 2002
|Former teams||Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers (2004–05)
NBA All-Rookie First Team
Butler was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, where he suffered through a rough childhood; he was arrested 15 times before the age of 15. After a brief career at Washington Park High School, he enrolled at Maine Central Institute where he was successful enough to receive a scholarship to play at UConn for coach Jim Calhoun for two years.
He lives in Centreville, Virginia with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Mia. He has another daughter, Camary, and son, Caron Jr., who live in Racine.
At Connecticut, Butler lost 15 pounds off his frame and developed his perimeter game. As a freshman, Butler led the Huskies, only two years removed from a National Championship, in both scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game respectively. The summer after his freshman season he started for the US team that took home gold in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men. Butler followed his spectacular rookie campaign with an even better sophomore season. Butler averaged 20.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore leading the Huskies to both regular season and tournament Big East titles. He was named co-Big East player of the year (along with Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight) and a second-team All American. Butler led the Huskies to the Elite 8 of the NCAA basketball tournament. Despite 32 points from Butler, the Huskies lost a close game to eventual national champion Maryland Terrapins. After the season Butler declared for the NBA draft.
He was a lottery pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, selected with the 10th overall pick by the Miami Heat. He is remembered for his comments on draft day after nine teams passed over him, saying that he was going to make them pay for the rest of his career. In his first season with the Heat, he averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds. During his second season his stats fell slightly to 9 points and 4 rebounds, with an injury-hampered effort all season. He played in only 68 games in his second year. In 2004 Miami nearly scored a huge upset, pushing the favored Indiana Pacers to six games before falling in the conference semifinals. At the end of the season, he was traded along with Lamar Odom and Brian Grant to the Lakers in exchange for Shaquille O'Neal.
Caron Butler was traded along with Chucky Atkins to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit. Then before the 2005–06 season opener, he inked a 5-year, $46 million dollar deal with the team. He has 2 years and $20,342,930 left on his deal. He became part of Washington's new "Big 3", previously made up of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes (now with the New York Knicks) who Butler replaced in the 2005–06 season. Butler was nicknamed "Tough Juice" by coach Eddie Jordan for his aggressive and passionate play, epitomized by Butler's 20 rebounds in Game 6 of the Cavaliers series.
Butler is known offensively for his face up line drive jumper, as well as his athleticism and ability to finish around the rim.
On January 17, 2007, Butler converted his first game-winning basket, a dunk following a pass from DeShawn Stevenson with 2.2 seconds remaining against the Knicks to give the Wizards a 99–98 win. Butler was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for January 15–21, 2007.
Butler enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2007, with career-high averages of 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
Caron Butler was named as a reserve to the 2007 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team, his first appearance.
He broke his hand late in the 2006–07 season attempting to block a shot and was forced to sit out during the playoffs along with the injured Gilbert Arenas and watch as the Wizards were swept in the opening round by Cleveland.
On February 13, 2008, Butler, who was out with a left hip flexor strain, and later diagnosed as a small labral tear of the left hip joint, was selected as a reserve for the East in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was forced to sit out. He was replaced by Commissioner David Stern with Celtics guard Ray Allen.
Due to the injury, Butler missed 20 of the Wizards' last 35 games in the 2008 season. He returned to the lineup on March 13 (his 28th birthday), when the Wizards hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. He registered 19 points (8-for-18 field goals) five rebounds in 41 minutes played in the Wizards' 101–99 win over the Cavs.
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