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Caron Butler

35-Year-Old    SF    Milwaukee Bucks

2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

5.9

REB

2.5

AST

1.0

STL

0.6

BLK

0.1

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Butler spent time with the Bucks and Thunder during the 2013-14 campaign. The 34-year-old veteran finished the season with averages of 10.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers while logging 25 minutes per game in 56 appearances. Long gone ar...

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HT: 6' 7"   WT: 217 lbs   DOB: 3/13/1980  College: UConn   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #10 Overall in 2002   Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to two-year deal with Detroit in July 2014. Second year is a team option.

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Caron Butler NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 24 77 35.7 15.5 5.8 1.9 1.4 0.3 0.5 44.5 86.2 1.6 1.9 3.9 1.6 30.4 5.7 12.9 3.6 4.1
2005-06 25 75 36.1 17.6 6.2 2.5 1.7 0.2 0.5 45.5 87.0 2.3 1.5 4.7 1.6 34.2 6.6 14.5 3.9 4.4
2006-07 26 63 39.3 19.1 7.4 3.7 2.1 0.3 0.3 46.3 86.3 2.9 2.3 5.1 1.1 25.0 7.2 15.5 4.5 5.2
2007-08 27 58 39.9 20.3 6.7 4.9 2.2 0.3 1.1 46.6 90.1 2.6 1.6 5.1 3.2 35.7 7.6 16.3 4.1 4.5
2008-09 28 67 38.6 20.8 6.2 4.3 1.6 0.3 1.0 45.3 85.8 3.1 1.8 4.4 3.1 31.0 7.3 16.2 5.1 6.0
2009-10 29 74 37.6 16.3 6.2 2.1 1.6 0.3 0.6 42.8 83.8 2.2 1.4 4.8 2.0 29.0 6.1 14.2 3.6 4.3
2010-11 30 DAL 29 29.9 15.0 4.1 1.6 1.0 0.3 1.0 45.0 77.3 1.7 0.8 3.3 2.2 43.1 5.9 13.0 2.3 3.0
2011-12 31 LAC 63 29.7 12.0 3.7 1.2 0.8 0.1 1.5 40.7 81.3 1.2 0.7 3.0 4.1 35.8 4.6 11.2 1.4 1.7
2012-13 32 LAC 78 24.1 10.4 2.9 1.0 0.7 0.1 1.6 42.4 83.3 0.9 0.5 2.3 4.2 38.8 3.9 9.2 1.0 1.2
2013-14 33 MIL 34 24.1 11.0 4.6 1.6 0.7 0.3 1.6 38.7 83.9 1.5 0.5 4.2 4.3 36.1 4.0 10.4 1.4 1.6
2013-14 33 OKC 22 27.2 9.7 3.2 1.2 1.1 0.3 2.0 40.9 84.2 0.4 0.2 3.0 4.6 44.1 3.5 8.5 0.7 0.9
2013-14 33 MIL/OKC 56 25.3 10.5 4.1 1.5 0.8 0.3 1.8 39.4 84.0 1.1 0.4 3.7 4.4 39.4 3.8 9.6 1.1 1.3
2014-15 34 DET 78 20.8 5.9 2.5 1.0 0.6 0.1 1.1 40.7 90.2 0.6 0.3 2.2 2.8 37.9 2.1 5.1 0.7 0.8
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Caron Butler NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 19.6 8.2 2.2 1.0 0.4 0.0 2.4 50.0 75.0 0.8 0.0 2.2 4.2 57.1 2.6 5.2 0.6 0.8
Last 10 Games 10 21.4 7.8 2.1 1.4 0.4 0.1 2.1 49.0 87.5 0.9 0.0 2.1 3.4 61.8 2.5 5.1 0.7 0.8
Last 20 Games 20 21.3 6.5 2.1 1.4 0.6 0.1 1.4 43.2 91.3 0.8 0.2 1.9 3.0 45.8 2.1 4.8 1.1 1.2

 

Caron Butler Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Caron Butler – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#4 Small Forward

True Shooting Percentage

54.4%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, Caron Butler has a true shooting percentage of 54.4%.

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Caron Butler NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 24 77 36.0 15.7 5.9 1.9 1.4 0.3 0.5 44.5 86.2 1.6 1.9 4.0 1.6 30.4 5.8 13.0 3.6 4.2
2005-06 25 75 36.0 17.5 6.2 2.5 1.7 0.2 0.5 45.5 87.0 2.3 1.5 4.7 1.6 34.2 6.6 14.4 3.8 4.4
2006-07 26 63 36.0 17.5 6.8 3.4 1.9 0.2 0.3 46.3 86.3 2.6 2.1 4.7 1.0 25.0 6.6 14.2 4.1 4.8
2007-08 27 58 36.0 18.4 6.0 4.4 2.0 0.3 1.0 46.6 90.1 2.3 1.4 4.6 2.9 35.7 6.8 14.7 3.7 4.1
2008-09 28 67 36.0 19.4 5.8 4.0 1.5 0.3 0.9 45.3 85.8 2.9 1.6 4.1 2.9 31.0 6.8 15.1 4.8 5.6
2009-10 29 74 36.0 15.6 6.0 2.0 1.5 0.3 0.5 42.8 83.8 2.1 1.3 4.6 1.9 29.0 5.8 13.6 3.4 4.1
2010-11 30 DAL 29 36.0 18.1 4.9 1.9 1.2 0.3 1.2 45.0 77.3 2.0 0.9 4.0 2.7 43.1 7.1 15.7 2.8 3.7
2011-12 31 LAC 63 36.0 14.5 4.4 1.5 1.0 0.2 1.8 40.7 81.3 1.5 0.8 3.6 4.9 35.8 5.5 13.6 1.7 2.1
2012-13 32 LAC 78 36.0 15.6 4.3 1.5 1.0 0.2 2.5 42.4 83.3 1.4 0.8 3.5 6.3 38.8 5.8 13.8 1.4 1.7
2013-14 33 MIL 34 36.0 16.4 6.9 2.5 1.0 0.5 2.3 38.7 83.9 2.3 0.7 6.2 6.4 36.1 6.0 15.5 2.1 2.5
2013-14 33 OKC 22 36.0 12.8 4.3 1.6 1.4 0.4 2.7 40.9 84.2 0.5 0.3 4.0 6.1 44.1 4.6 11.2 1.0 1.1
2013-14 33 MIL/OKC 56 36.0 14.9 5.8 2.1 1.2 0.4 2.5 39.4 84.0 1.5 0.5 5.3 6.3 39.4 5.4 13.7 1.6 1.9
2014-15 34 DET 78 36.0 10.2 4.3 1.8 1.0 0.1 1.8 40.7 90.2 1.1 0.5 3.9 4.9 37.9 3.6 8.8 1.2 1.4
Preseason Projections 35 DET 68 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Caron Butler

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Caron Butler NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 24 77 2746 1195 450 146 110 23 38 44.5 86.2 125 146 304 125 30.4 441 991 275 319
2005-06 25 75 2708 1318 466 186 127 18 41 45.5 87.0 175 114 352 120 34.2 494 1086 289 332
2006-07 26 63 2474 1203 467 233 134 17 18 46.3 86.3 181 147 320 72 25.0 451 975 283 328
2007-08 27 58 2314 1180 388 284 128 20 66 46.6 90.1 150 93 295 185 35.7 439 943 236 262
2008-09 28 67 2585 1392 413 290 106 20 65 45.3 85.8 210 118 295 210 31.0 491 1085 345 402
2009-10 29 74 2779 1206 461 156 116 24 42 42.8 83.8 160 104 357 145 29.0 450 1051 264 315
2010-11 30 DAL 29 867 436 118 46 28 8 28 45.0 77.3 49 22 96 65 43.1 170 378 68 88
2011-12 31 LAC 63 1871 753 230 78 52 8 92 40.7 81.3 77 44 186 257 35.8 287 705 87 107
2012-13 32 LAC 78 1879 813 223 78 51 11 128 42.4 83.3 72 41 182 330 38.8 305 720 75 90
2013-14 33 MIL 34 821 374 158 56 23 11 53 38.7 83.9 52 16 142 147 36.1 137 354 47 56
2013-14 33 OKC 22 598 213 71 26 24 6 45 40.9 84.2 8 5 66 102 44.1 76 186 16 19
2013-14 33 MIL/OKC 56 1419 587 229 82 47 17 98 39.4 84.0 60 21 208 249 39.4 213 540 63 75
2014-15 34 DET 78 1623 460 196 79 43 4 83 40.7 90.2 49 21 175 219 37.9 161 396 55 61
Preseason Projections 35 DET 68 1673 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Caron Butler

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Caron Butler NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 24 77 35.7 52.8 46.4 10.4 8.9 1.2 15.6
2005-06 25 75 36.1 53.5 47.4 11.7 11.0 1.1 17.4
2006-07 26 63 39.3 53.7 47.2 15.2 11.8 1.3 20.7
2007-08 27 58 39.9 55.8 50.1 19.0 10.1 1.9 22.8
2008-09 28 67 38.6 55.2 48.2 16.5 11.9 1.4 20.3
2009-10 29 74 37.6 50.7 44.8 10.4 10.6 1.0 15.6
2010-11 30 DAL 29 29.9 52.3 48.7 9.0 9.6 0.9 12.4
2011-12 31 LAC 63 29.7 50.1 47.2 8.6 8.5 1.0 9.6
2012-13 32 LAC 78 24.1 53.5 51.3 8.6 7.9 1.1 8.6
2013-14 33 MIL 34 24.1 49.4 46.2 11.5 10.7 1.1 10.1
2013-14 33 OKC 22 27.2 54.8 53.0 11.4 3.5 3.3 10.0
2013-14 33 MIL/OKC 56 25.3 51.2 48.5 11.5 8.4 1.4 10.1
2014-15 34 DET 78 20.8 54.4 51.1 14.3 8.9 1.6 6.3
Preseason Projections 35 DET 68 24.6 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Caron Butler

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Caron Butler 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 30 CHI                                
Apr 27 at CHI                                
Apr 25 CHI                                
Apr 23 CHI                                
Apr 20 at CHI                                
Apr 18 at CHI                                
Apr 15 BOS 24 14 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 2 2 4 5 0 2 1
Apr 13 at PHI 27 19 0 2 1 0 2 6 10 1 2 6 9 0 0 1
Apr 12 BKN 10 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
Apr 10 at NYK 20 8 2 2 1 0 1 3 5 0 0 2 2 0 2 0
Apr 8 CLE 17 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 5 1
Apr 4 ORL 27 9 2 3 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 2 2 0 2 3
Apr 3 at BOS 20 5 2 2 2 1 1 1 5 2 2 1 2 0 2 0
Apr 1 CHI 27 5 3 3 0 0 1 2 6 0 0 1 2 0 3 1
Mar 30 at ATL                                
Mar 28 GSW                                
Mar 26 IND                                
Mar 24 MIA 14 6 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 2 3 0 1 0
Mar 22 CLE 28 12 2 1 0 0 2 4 7 1 1 3 4 0 2 3
Mar 20 at BKN                                
Mar 18 SAS 18 7 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 0 0 1 6 0 0 1
Mar 17 at NOP 23 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 3 1
Mar 14 at MEM 13 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Mar 12 at IND                                
Mar 11 ORL 20 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
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Mar 9 NOP                                
Mar 7 WAS                                
Mar 4 at GSW 18 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mar 3 at DEN                                
Feb 28 at UTA 24 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 4 4
Feb 27 at LAL 21 2 2 3 0 0 2 0 3 2 2 0 2 0 2 4
Feb 25 PHI                                
Feb 23 at CHI                                
Feb 22 ATL 22 7 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 4 5 1 2 0 1 2
Feb 20 DEN 32 20 4 3 4 0 0 6 10 6 6 2 5 0 4 3
Feb 11 SAC                                
Feb 9 BKN                                
Feb 7 BOS                                
Feb 6 at HOU 20 5 1 1 1 0 2 2 7 0 0 1 6 1 0 1
Feb 4 LAL 24 13 0 2 0 0 1 4 7 2 3 3 4 0 0 2
Feb 2 at TOR                                
Jan 31 POR                                
Jan 29 at ORL                                
Jan 27 at MIA 16 2 2 3 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 2 1
Jan 25 at SAS                                
Jan 24 DET 24 10 4 1 0 0 0 2 9 4 4 2 5 0 4 2
Jan 22 UTA                                
Jan 19 TOR 8 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Jan 15 NYK                                
Jan 10 at CHI 20 8 2 0 1 0 0 3 7 2 2 0 4 0 2 0
Jan 9 MIN 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 1 1
Jan 7 at PHI 28 3 5 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 3 0 5 0
Jan 6 PHO 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Jan 4 at NYK 24 8 2 2 2 0 1 2 6 3 3 1 5 0 2 3
Jan 2 IND 16 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 1 1
Dec 31 at CLE                                
Dec 29 at CHA                                
Dec 27 ATL                                
Dec 26 at ATL 15 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 3 0 2 0
Dec 23 CHA                                
Dec 20 at LAC                                
Dec 18 at SAC                                
Dec 17 at POR 28 8 0 3 1 0 0 3 9 0 0 2 6 0 0 1
Dec 15 at PHO 20 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
Dec 13 LAC 22 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
Dec 9 at OKC 29 13 7 2 2 0 0 6 14 1 1 0 4 2 5 1
Dec 7 at DAL 13 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
Dec 5 MIA                                
Dec 3 DAL 29 8 2 0 0 0 0 3 9 0 0 2 4 0 2 2
Dec 2 at CLE 29 11 2 0 0 0 1 4 7 1 1 2 4 0 2 2
Nov 29 HOU                                
Nov 28 at DET 19 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Nov 26 at MIN 20 3 4 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 1 2 1 3 1
Nov 25 DET 25 8 1 0 0 0 2 4 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Nov 22 WAS                                
Nov 21 at TOR 30 10 4 2 0 0 1 3 8 2 2 2 5 1 3 3
Nov 19 at BKN 22 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 5 0 2 1
Nov 18 NYK                                
Nov 16 at MIA                                
Nov 14 at ORL 26 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Nov 11 OKC                                
Nov 8 MEM                                
Nov 7 at DET 36 14 4 0 1 0 2 5 8 1 2 3 4 0 4 3
Nov 5 CHI 31 5 5 0 1 0 1 2 7 0 0 1 3 1 4 2
Nov 4 at IND                                
Nov 1 at WAS 16 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 3 3 0 2 0 1 1
Oct 31 PHI                                
Oct 29 at CHA 23 0 6 1 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 3 1 5 2

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Caron Butler: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Butler appeared in 78 games for the Pistons in 2014-15, making 21 starts and averaging 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.8 minutes.

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Butler scored 19 points (6-10 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT) in 27 minutes in the loss to Cleveland on Monday.

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Butler moved into the starting lineup during Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, but finished with just four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes.

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Butler will start Wednesday's game in Golden State.

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Butler (back) started Friday following a two-game absence. He scored 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added four rebounds, three assists, and four steals in 32 minutes against the Bulls.

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Butler (back) will start Friday's game against the Bulls, MLive.com's David Mayo reports.

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Butler (back) will not play Wednesday against the Spurs, Dave Pemberton of the Oakland Press reports.

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Butler (back) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.

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Butler (back) is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's matchup with the Hornets, David Mayo of MLive Media reports.

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Butler (hamstring) came off the bench for 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday as he recorded five points, two rebounds, and one assist.

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Butler is not expected to be limited Wednesday against the Pelicans.

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Butler scored 20 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT) to go along with six rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes Monday against the Magic.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

Bringing in Butler at the end of August put the finishing touches on a fairly bizarre offseason. However, while the move is a bit puzzling, Butler is on an expiring contract and should shore up the small forward position for a season. He’ll be the starter but will likely split time with Carlos Delfino and Khris Middleton, to a lesser degree.

2012-13

The big news for Butler last season, when he was coming off a serious knee injury, was that he stayed healthy and only missed three games all year. He seemed to have lost some athleticism, but overall, had a respectable season in his first year in LA. Entering year two, his role won’t change. Butler will continue to start at small forward and even with Grant Hill and Lamar Odom now in the mix, you can probably expect similar minutes and similar production for the savvy veteran in the upcoming season.

2011-12

The oft-injured Butler only played in 29 games with the Mavericks last season due to a knee injury, but says that he is 100% healthy and ready to play for the Clippers in 2011-12. He will immediately be their most talented wingman, with the ability to contribute offensively, grab a few boards, and contribute some steals. When healthy, he is undoubtedly a dynamic scorer, but we wouldn’t count on a full season from Butler.

2010-11

Although having come close, at points, to approaching something like "star" status in his NBA career, Butler profiles more as "solid-average" by most fantasy formats. Points per game, rebounds, assists, threes, blocks, field-goal percentage: he's likely to finish close to average – again, given a standard-format player pool – in all those cats. Of course, that's not a bad thing, necessarily. There's definitely some value in guaranteed competence. If there's a place where Butler has distinguished himself, it's in steals. He's averaged 1.7 per game for his career, while fantasy average typically sits around 1.0 or 1.1. After peaking in the low-2s in steals between the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, Butler's numbers have declined there over the last two, coming in at 1.6 during both. Is that a sign of physical decline, perhaps? One can't say for sure, but the fact that Butler's now 30 years old doesn't necessarily bode well. Butler's also a consistently good free-throw shooter (85% for his career). The other obvious question about Butler – besides age and its possible effects – is how playing for the Mavericks will affect his production. The biggest concern here is playing time: after playing 39.4 minutes per game with the Wizards, Butler averaged only 34.4 in his 27 games with Dallas. Nor did that change much in the playoffs, where Butler actually averaged fewer minutes (33.6).

2009-10

Butler notched a career-high with 20.8 points per game last season as part of another strong all-around year. He was one of the few 20-point/six-rebound/four-assist players in the NBA, added almost two steals and a trey per, and shot solid percentages from both the field and the line. The problem is that he also missed at least 15 games due to injury for the third straight season, a trend that makes it risky to draft him in the range where his actual per-game production would indicate. At 6-7, 217, Butler has prototype size and athletic ability for a small forward, with a strong midrange jumper and a deceptively quick first step. He has also added more shooting range of late, with two straight seasons of at least one trey per game. At 29, he’s in the midst of his athletic prime, and with new offense-friendly coach Flip Saunders running the team Butler should be in for another strong season. Butler’s scoring may decrease a bit with Gilbert Arenas back in the line-up for the Wizards, but Butler has opened eyes with his passing ability (4.3 apg over last three seasons) and with his total package he belongs among the fantasy elite – if he can stay on the floor, that is.

2008-09

Butler might have been the most frustrating player in fantasy last season. With Gilbert Arenas sidelined, Butler became the focal point of Washington’s powerful offense and was putting up huge numbers before he was sidelined by bum hip. Initially thought to be a short-term problem, the injury kept Butler out from late January until early March, save for a two-game cameo in early February. He also missed time later in the season with wrist and hamstring injuries, running his two-year total to 43 games missed due to injury. In most cases, that would mean a big fire engine-red flag, but Butler’s upside is so high, he’s worth the risk. In his abbreviated 2007-08 season he set new career highs in points (20.3), assists (4.9), threes (1.1), shooting percentage (46.6%), free-throw percentage (90.1%) and steals (2.2), while grabbing a healthy 6.7 boards per game.

2007-08

Butler emerged as a fantasy superstar in his second season with The Wiz before a broken hand prematurely ended his season. A perfect fit in Washington’s frenetic offense, Butler meshes remarkably well with point guard Gilbert Arenas and power forward Antawn Jamison to form a “big three” as good as anyone’s. Before the injury, Butler established new career-bests in minutes (39.3), scoring (19.1), shooting (46.3%), boards (7.4), assists (3.7) and steals (2.1) and was named to his first all-star team. The only categories he won’t help are blocks (.3 per game) and threes (just 18 made on the season, on 25% shooting from downtown). Butler’s hand should be fully-recovered to open this year’s campaign.

2006-07

Butler did his best to make Wizards fans forget about Larry Hughes last year and turned Washington’s big 2 (Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison) into a big 3. After starting the season last year as the Wizards sixth man, Butler put up impressive numbers once he was inserted into the starting lineup. In 54 games as a starter, he averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 39 minutes of play. Backup small forward Jarvis Hayes is coming off of knee surgery and Jared Jeffries signed with the Knicks this summer, so Butler should see plenty of minutes this year as Washington’s lone true small forward. With the Wizards needing to outscore opponents due to their defensive deficiencies, Butler should continue to thrive offensively in 2007.

2005-06

Although Larry Hughes he's not, Butler has quietly put up some very strong numbers in Miami and Los Angeles. A knee injury derailed his 2003-04 season in Miami, and he was seemingly a toss-in in the Shaq trade to L.A. But in his two healthy years, Butler has shown a penchant for steals, solid scoring, good free throw shooting and, last year, respectable shooting from the field. He steps into a much better situation in Washington, where he'll be the third option behind Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison and should see more than the 11.9 shots per game he's taken thus far in his career.

2004-05

After a very promising rookie campaign, a knee injury derailed Butler for much of last season, and even when he got healthy, he never seemed to find his rhythm. Then during the offseason, he was shipped to the Lakers in the Shaquille O'Neal deal, where he now joins a crowded forward situation in Los Angeles. As a result, he'll usually come off the bench, backing up Lamar Odom and holding off Devean George for minutes as well. As it stands, Butler doesn't figure to have a huge role in Los Angeles, but he's certainly worth keeping an eye on, given his scoring ability and overall talent level when healthy.

2003-04

The second year star from Connecticut is out to prove that his rookie campaign was no fluke. Averaging over 36 minutes a game and almost 16 points, Butler made some teams regret letting him slip to the Heat with the 10th pick of the 2002 draft. Butler is on a short list of budding superstars in the NBA, and running alongside faster teammates such as Wade and Odom should only make him better. 18 points, six boards, four assists and two steals a game, as high as they are, are very achievable numbers for Caron.