Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He can play small forward or shooting guard. Butler was born in Texas and had a rough childhood. As a baby, his father left the family, and when he was 13, his mother kicked him out of the house. He was finally taken in by the family of one of his friends. Butler first showed how good he was at basketball when he was in school, keeping an impressive average per game. He wasn’t heavily recruited, though, so he chose to go to college instead. 

Jimmy Butler

As long as Jimmy Butler played basketball, he kept doing well. It was with the 30th pick in the 2011 NBA draft that the Chicago Bulls chose him. Butler would play for the Bulls for six years and was a big reason why they made the NBA Playoffs five times. His move to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017 helped them make the playoffs as well. He won a gold medal with the US basketball team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2015 and has been on the All-Star teams for four years in a row.

Quick Facts: 

He is also known as Jimmy Buckets and Jimmy Butler III.

Age: 34 Years, 34 Years Old A male

The family:

Londa Butler is her mother.

Length: 6’7″ (201 cm), 6’7″ A male

Houston, Texas is the city.

U.S. Texas is the state.

Growing Up And Early Life

Jimmy Butler came into the world on September 14, 1989, in Houston, Texas. He has a great story of how he overcame many problems to get to where he is now. As a baby, his father left the family and never came back. His mother raised him in a poor family in the Houston neighborhood of Tomball. When he was 13, his mother, Londa Butler, told him, “I don’t like the way you look,” and she would no longer have him in the house. You need to leave. Butler was scared and didn’t have a place to live, so he went back and forth between his friends’ houses.

He certainly had a hard time during those years. He only stayed with his friends for a few weeks at a time. Their families didn’t want him to be a bother. During high school, he played basketball at Tomball High School. During his final year, he caught the eye of Jordan Leslie, who would go on to play wide receiver for the Denver Broncos in the NFL. As a freshman, Leslie played both football and basketball, so he dared Butler to a game of three-point shooting. After that, they became good friends.

The Leslie family took Jimmy Butler in when they heard about his situation. Because they had seven kids between them, Leslie’s mom and dad were hesitant at first, but they didn’t turn him away. After a few months, he moved in with them.

During his time on the Tomball High School basketball team, Butler built up an amazing record. Through his junior year, he scored 10 points in most of his games. He averaged 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a senior (2006–2007), the year he was named captain. He was chosen as his team’s Most Valuable Player that year because of this.

Jimmy Butler didn’t get a lot of attention from professional basketball teams after high school, so he chose to go to Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. In his first year there, he did very well, averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 boards, and 3.1 assists per game. After that, Division I schools became interested in him.

He started going to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on a sports scholarship in 2008. I think he scored 5.6 points, grabbed 3.9 rebounds, and made 768 of his free throws during his junior year (2008–2009). Later, as a junior in 2009–10, he was moved up to the starting lineup and scored 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, which earned him honorable mention for All-Big East. He also won the same awards as a senior, when he scored an average of 15.7 points per game.

Career

Jimmy Butler averaged 12.0 points per game in 106 games for Marquette. When he was done with college, he was eligible for the 2011 NBA draft. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 30th as a whole pick. On December 9, 2011, he signed his first deal with the Bulls. In the history of the NBA, that season was the fourth and most recent strike. It began on July 1, 2011, and went on for 161 days. It pushed back the start of the 2011–12 season from November 1, 2011, to December 25, 2012.

In his first season with the Bulls, Butler played in 42 games and scored 2.6 points per game. The Bulls made it to the playoffs, and Butler played in all three games but didn’t find the basket.

The following season, Butler played in the NBA Summer League for the Bulls. Overall, he scored 20.8 points, grabbed 6.5 boards, and passed the ball twice in four games. After that, his deal was renewed through the 2013–14 season. However, he wasn’t used very often until Luol Deng, one of his friends, got hurt. Deng had to sit out, so Butler was chosen to play in his place. He had played in 82 games by the end of the season and scored 8.6 goals on average per game.

The Bulls made the playoffs again in 2013–14. He played in 12 playoff games and started all of them. Even though he only scored 13.3 points per game during the regular season, he played better in the playoffs.

He got an extra year on his rookie scale deal on October 30, 2013. A new Bulls record was set by Butler when he played for 60 minutes in a game against the Orlando Magic. On June 2, 2014, he was selected to the NBA All-Defensive second team.

Butler became the most important player for the Bulls during the 2014–15 season. He had 35 points against the New York Knicks and 32 points against the Denver Nuggets. He scored 31 points in the Bulls’ 91–82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on April 20, which was the second game in a row that he scored more points in the playoffs than any other player in his career.

After that, on April 25, he scored 33 points against the Bucks, which was another playoff high for him. In the end, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Bulls in the semi-finals. He was the first Bulls player in history to win the NBA Most Improved Player award in 2015.

The Bulls gave Butler a five-year, $95 million deal on July 9, 2015, and he took it. He also had a player option for a fifth year in the deal. In a game against the Denver Nuggets on February 5, 2016, he hurt his left knee. He missed the 2016 NBA All-Star Game because of this and was out for almost four weeks.

He came back on March 14 against the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls’ last game of the season was on April 13, against the Philadelphia 76ers. He had a triple-double with 10 points, 12 boards, and 10 assists of his own.

Butler had a great season with the Bulls in his last year there. He scored 24 points, which was the most on the team, in the Bulls’ win over the Boston Celtics in their first game of the season on October 27, 2016. Against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 20, he scored 40 points, which was the most of the season.

He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the games that took place from November 14th to November 20th. Jimmy Butler played in 76 regular season games and scored an average of 23.9 points per game. He also played in six playoff games and scored an average of 22.7 points per game.

The Bulls sent Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on June 22, 2017, the first day of the 2017–18 season. After that, Butler played 59 regular season games for the Timberwolves and scored an average of 22.2 points per game. He also played five playoff games and scored an average of 15.8 points per game.

Life In General

Following his rise to fame as one of the most potential players in the NBA right now, Butler has made things better with his parents. In a speech, he said, “I don’t hold grudges.” I still speak with my family. My mom and dad. We care about each other. That won’t change ever.” There were false rumors on social media that his real father is the famous basketball player Michael Jordan.

In 2015, Butler went out with a Polynesian woman named Charmaine Piula. Piula works as a marketing agent for Auto-Owners Insurance and loves to shop, run, and go to parties. They broke up in the end because both of them were busy with their careers and didn’t have time for a romance.

Butler has been very open about how much he admires actress Shay Mitchell, who became famous for her role as Emily Fields on the Freeform show “Pretty Little Liars.” Several times in 2016, they were seen together, which led to rumors that they were dating.

Reports say that Butler spent a lot of time with Mitchell in Los Angeles and not as much time with his friends in Chicago. Even if there was a relationship, it’s likely over now that Mitchell has been seen hanging out with ET Canada reporter Matte Babel.

Fun fact: Butler used to play the guitar, but he stopped after seeing how rough American singer-songwriter Garth Brooks’ hands were.

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