Former first-round pick Caron Butler will be returning to where his NBA career began and will become an assistant coach on Erik Spoelstra’s staff.
Butler spent the last several seasons working as an NBA television analyst. He is only the fourth former Heat player currently on Spoelstra’s staff joining Chris Quinn and former teammates Anthony Carter and Malik Allen. The 14-year NBA veteran’s career included a championship in 2011 with Dallas and two All-Star appearances in 2007 and 2008 with Washington. He spent the first two years of his career with Miami.
Erik Spoelstra said, “Caron has a remarkable personal story and is someone who is universally respected throughout the NBA for his character, dedication and work ethic.” “He brings a mental toughness and nearly 20 years of experience in the NBA as a player, broadcaster and media member that will make him a valuable asset to our coaching staff and players. Most importantly, he has Miami Heat DNA having started this journey with us and we are excited to welcome him back home.” he added.
Butler was the 10th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He has appeared in 146 games (134 starts) in his two seasons (2002-04) with Miami. He averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.45 steals and 33.5 minutes with the Heat while shooting 40.2% from the floor and 80.2% from the free-throw line. He earned All-Rookie First Team honours after the 2002-03 season and lead the Heat in points, field goals made and attempted, steals and minutes played. He is a four-time NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. He still owns the Heat rookie record points scored (1,201), free throws made (309) and minutes played (2,858). He has appeared in 13 postseason games with the Heat and averaged 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.15 steals and 39.3 minutes while shooting 38.6% from the field.
Along with Miami, Butler’s career included stops in Los Angeles, the Lakers and Clippers, Washington, Dallas, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Detroit.