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Jimmy Butler

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2015-16 (CHICAGO):
Appeared in 67 games (all starts) and averaged a team-high 20.9 ppg (T-16th in the NBA), 5.3 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.64 spg in 36.9 mpg (3rd) … shot .454 from the field, .312 from behind the arc and .832 from the line … led the team in scoring a team-high 31 times, in assists a team-high 29 times, in boards three times and in minutes a team-high 55 times … scored 10+ points 62 times, including 36 games with 20+ points and seven games with 30+ points … earned his second NBA All-Star bid as a reserve on the East squad but did not play due to injury … recorded second career triple-double vs. PHI (4/13) (10 pts/12 reb/10 ast) … notched first career triple-double vs. DET (4/2) with 28 points, career-high 17 rebounds and career-high 12 assists … finished with a career-best 53 points and 21 FTM at PHI (1/14) - first Bull to score 53 in a game since Michael Jordan in 1996 … dished 10 assists vs. BOS (1/7) after also posting 10 dimes on 1/5 vs. MIL – the first time in his career he’s had back-to-back games with 10+ assists … also the second time in his career posting back-to-back double-doubles (19 pts/10 ast vs. BOS 1/7 and 32 pts/10 ast vs. MIL 1/5) … scored 40 of his 42 points at TOR on 1/3 in the second half, surpassing Michael Jordan’s Bulls record for most points in a half (39 on 2/16/89); his 15 FGM in that game were a career high (tied on 1/14 at PHI) … scored 43 points on 12/18 vs. DET (4OT) … had a streak of 27 FTM from his final time at the line at GSW (11/20) to 11/2 vs. DEN … set a career high for first-quarter scoring on 11/5 vs. OKC with 21 points … his .818 FG% (9-for-11) at BKN (10/28) was the second-highest of his career when attempting at least 10 shots (10-for-12 on 4/9/13) … hit his 1,000th career field goal on 11/3 at CHA … streak of 10 games with 4+ assists from 12/19 at NYK to 1/7 vs. BOS was the longest of his career … streak of 44 games with at least 1 steal from 3/28/15 to 1/11/16 was the longest of his career (prev. 27) and is the second-longest for the Bulls in the last 30 years … played in his 300th career game on 1/25 vs. MIA … missed 13 games due to a left knee strain from 2/6 to 3/2, and 3/7 to 3/10 … played on 3/5 vs. HOU during that stretch and finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds … had 10 double-doubles this season (including two triple-doubles) – surpassed his previous season-high of five in 2013-14.

CAREER:
In five NBA seasons, has played in 323 games (219 starts) and has averaged 13.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.36 spg and 31.2 mpg, and shot .445 from the field, .327 from three and .812 from the free throw line … has also played in 32 playoff games (29 starts) and averaged 15.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.5 bpg, 38.1 mpg and shot .431 from the field, .380 from downtown and .813 from the line.

2014-15 (CHICAGO):
Appeared in 65 games (all starts) and averaged a team-high 20.0 ppg (15th in the NBA), 5.8 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1.75 spg (10th) in 38.7 mpg (1st) … shot .462 from the field, .378 from behind the arc and .834 from the line … led the team in scoring a team-high 29 times, in assists 16 times, in boards four times and in minutes 58 times … he scored 10+ points 60 times, including 34 games with at least 20 points and seven games with 30+ points … posted four double-doubles … recorded career highs in rebounds, 3P% and free-throw shooting … earned his first NBA All-Star bid as a reserve on the East squad; he finished with 6 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 9:13 on All-Star Sunday in New York … posted 28 points and a season-high 12 boards vs. MIN (2/27) … scored 30 points to go along with 5 boards and 5 assists at DET (2/20) … posted 20 points, 5 rebounds and a career-high-tying 6 steals at ORL (2/8) … tied his then-career high with 35 points (9-17 FG, 16-18 FT) and added 7 boards and 3 steals at LAL (1/29) … scored 22 points and added a career-best 6 steals at BOS (1/16) … dished out a then-career-high 10 assists vs. MIL (1/10) … posted 33 points and 5 boards vs. NOP (12/27) … scored a then-career-high 35 points on 11 field goals vs. NYK (12/19) … missed a total of 17 games (two games with a left thumb sprain: 10/29-31; one game on bereavement leave: 1/3; one game due to illness: 1/27; one game with a right shoulder strain: 2/12; 11 games with a left elbow sprain; one game with a left calf injury: 4/9) … spent 15 games on the team’s Inactive List. 2015 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 12 games (all starts) and averaged 22.9 ppg on .441 shooting, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.4 spg in 42.2 mpg ... shot .389 from 3-point land and .819 from the foul line … recorded a postseason career-high 33 points at MIL (4/25) … tallied a postseason career-high 5 steals vs. CLE (5/8) … scored 31 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in Game 2 vs. MIL (4/20) … logged a double-double (20 pts/10 reb with 6 ast) in Game 1 at CLE (5/4) … finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds in Game 5 at CLE (5/12) … scored 20+ points in nine contests and 30+ points twice in the playoffs.

2013-14 (CHICAGO):
Played in 67 games (all starts) and posted 13.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.90 spg (4th in the NBA) and a career-high 38.7 mpg (1st in the NBA) … shot .397 from the field, .283 from behind the arc and .769 from the line … scored in double digits 54 times, including six games with 20+ points … led the Bulls in minutes a team-high 42 times, in scoring seven times and in assists four times … posted five games with 10+ rebounds and five doubles-doubles … tallied 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and tied a then-career-high with 5 steals in 47:55 at CHA (4/16) … tallied his fifth double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, also posted a team-high 4 steals vs. MIA (3/9) … notched his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high 13 boards vs. ATL (2/11) … set a franchise record when he played 60:20 in triple-overtime game at ORL (1/15) and finished with 21 points, 7 boards and a then-career-high tying 6 assists … scored a season-high 26 points (12-14 FT) at MEM (12/30) … tallied his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards vs. NYK (10/31) … posted 20 points and a then-career-high-tying 5 steals at MIA (10/29) … missed 11 games (11/21-12/11) with a right toe injury, one game (12/21) with a right ankle injury, one game (1/11) with a left thigh injury and two games (2/23-25) with a rib injury … appeared on Chicago’s Inactive List six times due to injury. 2014 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in five games (all starts) and posted 13.6 ppg on .386 shooting, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.20 spg in 43.5 mpg.

2012-13 (CHICAGO):
Appeared in all 82 games (20 starts) and averaged 8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg and 0.95 spg in 26.0 mpg, and shot .467 from the field, .381 from beyond the arc and .803 from the line … in 20 starts, averaged 14.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.80 spg in 43.2 mpg, and shot .457 from the field, .458 from 3-point territory and .776 from the stripe ... in 41 games after the season’s halfway point, he averaged 11.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.30 spg in 32.7 mpg, and shot .458 from the field, .425 from three and .773 from the free-throw line ... scored in double-digits 29 times, including four games with 20+ points ... had five games with double-digit rebounds and three double-doubles ... led the Bulls in scoring five times and in rebounding once ... scored a then-career-high 28 points (10-12 FG, 3-3 3FG, 5-6 FT) vs. TOR (4/9) ... recorded his first career 20/10 game with 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against NYK (4/11) ... scored 16 points and had a then-career-high 5 steals against DET (3/31) ... had his first career 20+ point game with 20 at IND (3/3) ... made his first career start against MEM (1/19) and scored 18 points with 8 rebounds. 2013 PLAYOFFS: Started all 12 games and averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.25 spg, 0.50 bpg, 40.8 mpg, .435 from the field, .405 from behind the arc and .818 from the stripe … played in 48:00 in five games, including three straight (5/2-5/6) … recorded 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists in 48:00 in Chicago’s Game 1 win in the Conference Semifinals at MIA (5/6).

2011-12 (CHICAGO):
Appeared in 42 games and averaged 2.6 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 8.5 mpg, and shot .405 from the field and .768 from the line … tied his season high with 12 points and added 4 boards and 2 assists in 28:35 vs. CLE (4/26) … scored a season-high 12 points (3-3 FG, 6-6 FT) and grabbed 3 rebounds in 12:00 at ATL (1/7) … tallied 2 points and 2 rebounds in his NBA debut vs. MEM (1/1) … recorded 23 DNP-CD’s. 2012 PLAYOFFS: Played a total of 3 minutes in three playoff games.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected in the first round (30th overall) by the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 NBA Draft (6/23/11) … re-signed with the Bulls on a multi-year contract extension (7/9/15).

COLLEGE CAREER:
A three-year letterwinner at Marquette, he played in 106 games (69 starts) for the Golden Eagles and averaged 12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.08 spg … for his career, he shot .508 from the field, .383 from behind the arc and .773 from the line … was a two-time All-Big East Honorable Mention selection … he left Marquette as one of 19 players in school history to post at least 1,000 points (1,277) and 500 rebounds (579) … prior to his arrival at Marquette, he earned NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America honors at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 2007-08 … he was a first-team all-region selection and he guided the team to its first outright league title in 21 years. 2010-11: During his senior season at Marquette, became the 42nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points when he made his first basket of the night vs. Connecticut (1/25/11) en route to 21 points and 8 rebounds … appeared in 37 games (35 starts) and averaged 15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.43 spg, 34.6 mpg and shot .490 from the field, .383 from 3-point range and .783 from the stripe. 2009-10: Named MU’s Most Improved Player … made 34 appearances (all starts), and posted averages of 14.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.32 spg, 34.3 mpg and shot .530 from the floor, .500 from downtown and .766 from the line. 2008-09: In 35 appearances off of the bench, posted 5.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 19.6 mpg and shot .514 from the field and .768 from the free throw line … he also earned MU’s “Super Sub” Award following his first season on campus at Marquette. 2007-08: As a freshman at Tyler Junior College, he averaged 18.1 ppg (third in the league), 7.7 rpg, 3.1 apg and shot .548 from the field and .422 from behind the arc … he helped lead the Apaches to a record of 25-4 and a national ranking of 10th in the country (NJCAA) in 2007-08.

Full name is Jimmy Butler III … majored in Communication Studies … was a two-year letterwinner at Tomball High School and earned first-team all district his senior season when he averaged 19.9 ppg and 8.7 rpg.
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Height: 6'7''/ 2.01m
Weight: 231 lbs./ 104.8 kg
Born: September 14, 1989
From: Marquette University
Draft: 1st Round (30th pick) 2011 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2011
Years Pro: 5
Previous Teams:
  Chicago Bulls 2011 - 2015
Prior to NBA/Country: Marquette/USA

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