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Photogallery 2002-03: Caron Butler Profile
June 26, 2002
Caron Butler poses for a portrait after being selected #10 by the Miami Heat.
Caron Butler arrived in MIami on June 27th, 2002.
Caron Butler immediately became a hot NBA property.
On October 30, HEAT rookie Caron Butler became the second youngest player (22-years-old) to start an opening night for Pat Riley since former Lakers great James Worthy made his debut in 1982 for L.A. at the age of 21-years-old.
Caron has kept the Miami HEAT fired up all season with his enthusiasm on the court.
Caron has been active in the community as well, shown here at the Overtown Youth Center during Thanksgiving.
Caron Butler scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 97-85 win over the Lakers on November 26.
Caron has left no doubt in any one's mind around the league that he is a future basketball force.
Caron Butler gets nice over Wang Zhizhi in Los Angeles.
Caron Butler led all rookies in scoring with 23 points during the All-Star Weekend got milk? Rookie/Sophomore Challenge.
Caron Butler shows no fear when approaches the basket.
Caron receives his Rookie of the Month award for February during halftime of the March 2nd HEAT/Wizards game.
With his torrid scoring pace in the month of March, Caron recorded the higest scoring average of any rookie this season with 20.1 points per game.
Caron scored 24 points in a 94-82 win over the Houston Rockets.
Even though the Nets' Richard Jefferson is well above the rim, Caron still found a way to convert.
Butler joins Tim Duncan (1997-98), Shaquille ONeal (1992-93); David Robinson (1989-90); Ralph Sampson (1983-84) and Terry Cummings (1982-83) as only players in NBA history to capture four-or-more Rookie of the Month honors.
Butler joins the same quintet as the only players to capture three consecutive Rookie of the Month honors.
Through April 3, Caron has recorded 22 twenty-plus points games, which is a HEAT rookie record.
Also through April 3rd, Caron Butler has scored double figures in 61 games.
Butler, a 67, 217-pound forward, started all 16 games in which he appeared in March and received the league honors after averaging 20.1 points (tops among rookies), 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.88 steals and 37.6 minutes.
Additionally, he connected on 48 percent (119-248) of his field goal attempts, 40 percent (16-40) of his three-point field goal tries and 78.8 percent (67-85) of his free throw attempts.
His 20.1 scoring average is the highest by a rookie since Memphis Pau Gasol averaged 20.7 points in January of 2002.
Caron helps this young boy with his shot at the HEAT's Season Ticket Holder Traing Camp.
Caron Butler lead the HEAT in dunks.
Caron Butler scored a career-high 35 points on March 28 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Caron Butler will be a key leader and athlete in the NBA for many years to come.