Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Miami Heat as a small forward. The media and fans have christened him ‘Jimmy Buckets’ due to his ability to score important shots in the clutch. He is the very meaning of the phrase “Work Hard and Play Hard”. His tenacity both on and off the court has made him a fierce competitor and a scary match up for anyone.
Jimmy was Born on September 14, 1989, in Houston, Texas. He has one of the most inspiring “Rags to Riches” stories in the NBA. His father had abandoned him and his mother when he was an infant. At the age of 13, his mother kicked him out of the house, leaving Jimmy to move around different foster homes to secure shelter.
He attended Tomball High School where he would play well but was not heavily recruited. Upon high school graduation, He chose to attend Tyler Junior College. He balled out during his freshman season, receiving interest from several division one college programs. The Marquette Golden Eagles picked him up and he finished the rest of his college career at the university. After his college graduation, he declared for the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Chicago Bulls selected Jimmy Butler with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls had a stacked team, so minutes for Jimmy were hard to come by during his rookie year. His coaches were impressed by his hard work and the hours he put into the gym. He slowly gained the trust of the coaching staff and by the end of his third season in the league, he was averaging a league high 38.7 minutes a night and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
During the 2014-2015 NBA Season, all his stats took a major jump. He was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game and won the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Season. For the next two seasons, he would become the Bulls’ number one option. He earned his first All-NBA selection as well. Due to his competitive nature, he would clash with the players who weren’t working hard enough according to his opinion. Due to this, the Bulls and Jimmy decided to part ways and he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He had a tumultuous tenure with the Timberwolves. Although he led the franchise to their first playoffs appearance, he had a similar problem to the one in Chicago with the young stars in Minnesota. He requested a trade after the 2017-2018 NBA Season after the infamous ‘third stringers’ incident and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers 13 games into the 2018-2019 NBA Season.
With the 76ers, he was the secondary offensive option behind Joel Embiid. They narrowly lost to the eventual winners, the Toronto Raptors, in a seven game series to a Kawhi Leonard buzzer beater. Unimpressed with the coach, Brett Brown, Jimmy decided not to re-sign with the 76ers and took his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat for the 2019-2020 season.
At Miami, he killed the narrative of him being a locker room cancer. The culture at Miami Heat appreciated and rewarded hard work and it was a perfect marriage between the player and the organisation. Against all the odds, The Heat reached the finals as a six seed and took the LeBron led Lakers to six games.
A lot of the 2020-2021 season was hindered due to COVID and a short offseason. The Heat were unable to recreate their Bubble heroics and were swept by the Bucks in the first round.
The Heat made some notable offseason moves and look to compete this season. With the Team USA Men’s Basketball Team, he won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio.
NBA Awards and Accolades
|NBA All-Star||5 times (2015-2018), 2020||Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat|
|All-NBA Third Team||4 times (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)||Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat|
|NBA All-Defensive Second Team||5 times (2014-2016, 2018, 2021)||Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat|
|NBA Most Improved Player||2015||Chicago Bulls|
|NBA Steals Leader||2021||Miami Heat|
Jimmy Butler has amassed a net worth of around $60 million over his 10 year career. His current contract will pay him $36,016,200 through the 2021-2022 NBA Season. During the 2021 offseason, he signed a three year extension worth $136 million with a player option for the third year. He has been the face of many brands like AQUAhydrate, Beats by Dre, Bonobos, Five Four, Hyperice among others. Butler also terminated his deal with Adidas to take up a deal with Jordan. He now has a deal with Li-Ning after cutting his ties with Jordan. His total endorsement earnings come up to around $11 million.
Jimmy was born in Houston, Texas. His father had abandoned him and his mother when he was an infant and at the age of 13, his mother kicked him out of the house. Although Jimmy didn’t have the best of childhoods, he explained in an interview that he doesn't hold grudges and that he is on great terms with his biological parents. Jimmy Butler is currently dating Kaitlin Nowak with whom he has a daughter, Rylee.