Rasual Butler

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Rasual Butler
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Butler in 2009
Personal information
Born(1979-05-23)May 23, 1979
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 31, 2018(2018-01-31) (aged 38)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Roman Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College La Salle (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career2002–2016
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number45, 8, 18, 12
Career history
20022005 Miami Heat
20052009 New Orleans Hornets
20092011 Los Angeles Clippers
2011 Chicago Bulls
2011–2012 Toronto Raptors
2012–2013 Tulsa 66ers
2013–2014 Indiana Pacers
2014–2015 Washington Wizards
2015–2016 San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Rasual Butler (May 23, 1979 – January 31, 2018) was an American professional basketball player. In his 14-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career, he played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. He was born in Philadelphia, and raised in the Point Breeze area of South Philadelphia. After playing college basketball at La Salle, he was drafted in second round of the 2002 NBA draft by the Heat.


College career

Rasual Butler played his college career with the La Salle Explorers. He became the sixth Explorer to score over 2,000 points, and at the time of his induction into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes, he ranked fourth among the Explorer's all-time scorers (2,125). He was named to First Team All-Atlantic 10 (2001, 2002) and was selected to the Verizon Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship All-Tournament team in 2002. He was inducted into the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 2008. [1]

Professional career

Butler was selected by the Miami Heat, with the 53rd pick of the 2002 NBA draft. [2] After three seasons, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the largest trade in NBA history. The four-team trade involved the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Utah Jazz, and featured 13 players, most notably Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey. [3]

His outside shooting was considered to be his greatest strength, shooting 36 percent over the course of his career and even 46 percent (50 total) during the 2003–04 season from behind the three-point line. [4] His career-high total were 134 made three-point shots (37 percent) during the 2006–07 NBA season. [5]

During the 2007–08 regular season (still with the New Orleans Hornets), he averaged 17 minutes of action, 4.9 points and 2 rebounds per game while coming mostly from the bench. [6]

On August 12, 2009, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Butler by trading a conditional 2016 second round draft pick. [7] He was waived by the Clippers on February 28, 2011, [8] and signed with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2011. [9]

In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with CB Gran Canaria. [10] However, he never made an appearance for them on the court.

On December 10, 2011 Butler signed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors. [11] He was waived by the Raptors on March 23, 2012. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 13 minutes of action in 34 games. [12]

On January 18, 2013, Butler joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. [13] He was subsequently named the 2013 Impact player of the Year which is awarded to a player who joined an NBA D-League team midway through the season and made the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition. [14]

On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Indiana Pacers. [15] [16] He averaged 2.7 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 50 games. [17]

On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Washington Wizards. [18] After an impressive preseason and a fractured wrist suffered by Bradley Beal, Butler made the final team prior to the start of the 2014–15 season. Within six regular season games, he was a force off the bench as he cemented a role under coach Randy Wittman. [19]

On September 28, 2015, Butler signed with the San Antonio Spurs. [20] On March 9, 2016, he was waived by the Spurs. He averaged 2.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 9.4 minutes in 46 games. [21]

On September 26, 2016, Butler signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, [22] but was waived on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games. [23]

BIG3 Career

In 2017, Butler was signed by the Ball Hogs to play in the BIG3. During the season, he was traded to Power. [24]

Personal life

Butler starred in Trina's music video "Here We Go". [25]

Butler was close friends with fellow NBA player Lamar Odom and was seen in episodes of his television show Khloé & Lamar . [26]


On January 31, 2018, Butler and his girlfriend, singer Leah LaBelle, were killed instantly in a car accident in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, after he lost control of his Range Rover while traveling at over 60 mph on Ventura Boulevard and crashed violently into a strip mall parking lot. [27] Their bodies were cremated and Rasual's cremated remains were given to his adult daughter Raven. Autopsy reports showed traces of methamphetamine, oxycodone and marijuana in Butler's body, and a blood alcohol content of 0.118. [28]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2002–03 Miami 722821.0.362.292.7312.
2003–04 Miami 45015.0.476.463.7621.
2004–05 Miami 651518.5.399.373.7712.
2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 792023.7.406.380.6932.
2006–07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 813827.4.398.369.6443.
2007–08 New Orleans 51817.2.350.331.8392.
2008–09 New Orleans 827431.9.433.390.7823.
2009–10 L.A. Clippers 826433.0.409.336.8412.
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 41218.1.323.326.6671.
Chicago 604.3.545.571.0002.
2011–12 Toronto 341413.3.308.273.5831.
2013–14 Indiana 5027.6.464.419.571.
2014–15 Washington 70120.1.422.387.7912.
2015–16 San Antonio 4609.4.471.306.6881.


2004 Miami 1005.8.409.333.0001.
2005 Miami 12115.2.373.367.3331.
2009 New Orleans 5531.6.459.5261.0003.
2011 Chicago 302.31.0001.
2014 Indiana 1006.3.357.4171.
2015 Washington


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