Jimmy Butler III
Born in Houston, Texas
Jimmy Butler travelled a difficult path to stardom. Born in Houston Texas, his father left before he could remember. By 13 he was on his own, relying on the kindness of strangers for food and a roof. He found basketball as a junior in high school. He went to junior college as an unscouted walk-on. He earned a scholarship to Marquette as a college sophomore. Jimmy was still an off the bench player.
After back-to-back All-Big East Honorable Mentions, Jimmy declared for the NBA draft. Picked 30th in the first round by the Chicago Bulls, he saw limited time in the early years. But, Jimmy being Jimmy, he knew to outwork the field for his dreams. He'd done it all his life. The end of the 2015 season saw Jimmy Butler crowned the NBA's Most Improved Player. The money and respect came next. Jimmy is one of the best defenders in the league. He earned it in Chicago, proved it in Minnesota and continues to in Philadelphia where he plays now. His trade to the 76ers made Philly an immediate contender in the East.
- In college, Jimmy said he was known for dressing ‘country.’
- Jimmy is featured in the music video of the country song ‘Light It Up’ by Luke Bryan
- A fan of Taylor Swift, Jimmy has gone viral dancing to the country star.
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