From Homelessness to Millionaire: Jimmy Butler

He’s literally crazy

Jimmy Butler’s life from poverty to success and fame.

Family is everything

Jimmy Butler was born on September 14, 1989 in Houston. His father had abandoned him when he was still a baby, but Butler never saw him. Butler, who lived in misery with his mother until the age of 13, threw Butler into the street at the age of 13 because his biological mother did not like his appearance. This huge man, who is only 13 years old, has no home, no one to go to, no money in his pocket.

Butler stayed on the streets or at his daytime friends’ house until high school. Unlike his peers living on the streets, he was not involved in bad habits brought about by America’s living standards and focused only on basketball. He was working harder and harder every day for the NBA, which was his goal by playing basketball all the time, because it was the only way to make millions of dollars now; Pain, Loneliness, Hard work = Victory …

In high school, he met Jordan Leslie, who later became his best friend. Leslie was involved in American Football. Their friendship began with a three-point challenge to Butler after a summer league game. Leslie started inviting Butler home to spend time and have a place to stay.

Although the stepfather did not want to at first, Butler was later part of the house and Leslie’s mother, Michelle Lambert, became a true “mother” figure for Butler.

From high school to the NBA

Butler started playing basketball at Tomball High School. Butler, who could not be selected for the basketball team in his first year, managed to achieve an average of 10 points in the season he was elected. In his last year, he managed to become a captain with his ambition.

Captain Butler!

This season, he had 19.9 points, an average of 8.7.

These averages made Butler the most valuable player of the year.

Butler was taking firm steps towards his goal, the NBA. Now that he graduated from high school, he chose Marquette University, which would end up in the NBA, and Lambert, who was his “Stepmother”, had a big share in this decision.

Butler played with the team in his first year, averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. In his second year, our hero has increased his speed and managed to average 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. In his third and final year, he averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

The biggest factor in Butler’s development over time and the way he would go after was his coach… Buzz Williams was constantly motivating Butler and warning him to be stronger whenever he made a mistake. Butler saw Coach Williams as his father, the father he had never seen.

Butler was now out of college and had a successful high school and college career as he wanted.

He had participated in the 2011 Draft and had interviews with three teams with his coach. The Clippers, the Celtics and the Bulls he will wear. Although all three teams were reluctant to choose Butler, he was drafted by the 1st Round 30th Ordinary Bulls and his NBA career began.


Butler didn’t get the results he wanted in his first season.

In the rookie year; He had a season well below his top with 2.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists.

Butler worked for days to improve his shot that sucked in his early years. He wanted to be literally “All Around” rather than just a defensive player.

Butler appeared in Bulls for 6 seasons. During this period, he became an All-Star 3 times and won the “Most Improved Player” award in the 2014-15 season with his statistics of 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists, 20 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Butler wanted him to trade in 2017, now he wanted new adventures.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Butler was traded to Minnesota for Zach Lavine, Chris Dunn and a 7th place draft. Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

Although he was selected as All-Star at that time, Butler, who had too much alcohol in the nightclub the night before, could not play in the match. Before the 2018/19 season, there was a scandal for Minnesota and Butler. The fact that the team did not win the match and the players did not show ambition was completely opposite to Butler’s character. Butler; management directly targeted players like Wiggins and Towns who did not show any ambition or effort. “You need me!” You can’t win a match without me! ” yell. As the crisis grew bigger, Butler’s trade became obvious.

Philadelphia 76ers

Butler was traded to Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and Sixers for the 2022 second round draft right at the start of the 2018-19 season.

Butler, who played 55 games with the Sixers, managed to average 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists in these games. Although Sixers managed to beat the Nets 4-1 in the play off adventure, in the next series were the Raptors, who would be the champions of that season. The Philadelphia team lost the extended series to the seventh game 4-3 with Kawhi Leonard’s “unlucky” shot by the Sixers fans, which will go down in history. This match was also the last match of Jimmy Butler with Sixers.

Miami Heat

Last summer, Butler took the Miami Heat in exchange for Josh Richardson via sign and trade. Thanks to his teammates who fully match his chemistry, his style of play and of course Coach Erik Spoelstra, there was an explosion that no one expected. First Tyler Herro withdrew from the 14th place in the draft, then the undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn, who was selected to the top 5 of the Summer League, moved directly to the top 5. Dragic took on the role of the 6th Adam. Butler moved away from his original position as shooting and played more distributors and became the brainchild of the team. Another sharp and high-bottomed undrafted player like Duncan Robinson was made into the top 5. Bam Adebayo also had a tremendous season, which played a big role in the success. Nowadays, it is a matter of curiosity what they will do in the Play offs with the resumption of the season.

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