#3 CARON BUTLER
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthdate : March 13, 1980
High School: Park, Racine, WI
NBA Years: 7
Drafted: 10th overall (first round) by Miami in 2002
Career Transactions: Traded by Miami with Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, a first-round draft pick and a second-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal (7/14/05)....Traded by Los Angeles with Chucky Atkins to Washington for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit (8/2/05)…Signed a contract extension with Washington (10/31/05).
Professionally: Is a two-time NBA All-Star (2007, 2008)…Is joined by LeBron James as the only two players in the NBA to average at least 20 points, six rebounds and four assists per game in each of the last two seasons…Was the only NBA player to average at least 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game in 2007-08, and became the first player to do so since LeBron James and Larry Hughes in 2004-05…Recorded his first three career triple-doubles in 2007-08…Was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of 1/15/07 – 1/21/07…Combined with Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison to form the highest-scoring teammate trio in the NBA (67.4 points per game) in 2005-06…Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2002-03.
Personally: Full name is James Caron Butler…Lists his mother Mattie Paden as the person he most admires and a person who made a difference in his life, raising him as a single mother…Married Andrea Pink in August, 2005…Has two daughters, Mia Caron and Camary, and a son, Caron Jr…Served as team co-captain with Antawn Jamison in 2007-08 and 2008-09…Was given the Role Model of the Year award by Connecticut’s Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and was honored statewide by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell with the proclamation of ‘Caron Butler Day’ in Connecticut on July 20, 2009…Through ‘Butler’s 3D Summer Explosion’, hosted a day of service (6/8/09), a charity basketball game (6/14/09), a free basketball clinic (6/22/09), his annual bike brigade (7/25/09), and a back-to-school drive to supply Washington, DC area youth with backpacks (Aug. 09)…Hosted the “Caron Butler Basketball Classic” in January, 2009 which featured six regional high school basketball teams to benefit the Hoop Magic Education Foundation…Traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2008 as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders delegation to conduct clinics, visit schools and speak to youth…Hosts Caron Butler’s Summer Homecoming in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, every summer, consisting of several charity events focused on the youth in the community…The City of Racine proclaimed June 8, 2007, Caron Butler Day at City Hall…Through his Caron’s Coats for Kids program, distributes coats, hats and gloves to youth in Racine as well as in Washington, DC…Through his “Bike Brigade” program has teamed up with The Salvation Army and Wal-Mart to distribute 2,500 brand new bikes and helmets to youth in Washington, DC and Racine since 2005…Also sponsors the “Cops n’ Kids” Legacy Project in Racine to continue the betterment of the Racine community…Was selected to receive the 2008 “Good Brother Award” by the National Congress of Black Women, a group of 20,000 members nationwide…Was awarded the NBA’s Community Assist Award for June 2007 in recognition of his efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic work…Has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals game twice…Along with his wife Andrea, was chosen as a 2007 recipient of the Conversation Changers award on behalf of the DC Campaign to prevent teenage pregnancy…Joined DC Tobacco Free Families to help launch the Quit Smoking Campaign at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in June 2007, and teamed with Facundo Erpen of D.C. United and members of the DC City Council to announce a landmark $10 million dollar tobacco prevention and cessation campaign…Recognized by The Sporting News as one of the top “Good Guys” in sports in 2006 for his charitable endeavors…Was tabbed as a Special Deputy by the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department in March 2006…Helped organize “Urban Dialogue: Stop The Violence — A Community Outreach Event” in Racine in August 2005…Was a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in September 2005 in a show titled “How My Worst Moment Made Me a Star”…Visited incarcerated youth at Oak Hill Youth Detention Center to offer support and share his life story…Would like to open a group home and run it when he is done with his playing career…Teamed with NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, as well as NFL players Michael Strahan, Kevin Faulk and Donnie Edwards among other investors to start Ramsell Dining LLC, which purchased 18 Burger King franchises in Norfolk, VA, and Richmond, VA…Was a communications major at Connecticut…Had his uniform number (54) retired at Racine Park High School during All-Star Weekend in February 2006…Also had his number (25) retired at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine in 2002…Was inducted into the New England Sports Hall of Fame in September 2003…Splits time between Fairfax, VA, and Racine, WI.