Caron Butler is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) League. He currently works as an assistant coach for the Miami Heats of the NBA.
Caron had started his NBA league journey when the Miami Heat selected him in the 2002 NBA draft.
Previously, before joining the NBA, he played his college basketball for the UConn Huskies. While there, he worked hard on his basketball skills and developed himself into one of the top young prospects for the draft in 2002.
The small forward spent around a decade and a half playing for different clubs in the NBA. Meanwhile, he has won many awards and accolades from his professional career, including the championship ring in 2011.
Besides, he could play in the shooting guard position too.
However, the NBA veteran ultimately took a break from professional basketball in 2018. Eventually, he started coaching one of his former NBA teams, the Miami Heat.
Let’s explore more about this experienced NBA retiree’s early life, his career in different areas of basketball, his personal life, and much more.
But before moving into the details, here are some quick facts about Caron Butler.
|Full Name||James Caron Butler|
|Known As||Caron Butler|
|Date of Birth||March 13, 1980|
|Birth Place||Racine, Wisconsin, the USA|
|Nick Name||Tuff Juice|
|Age||42 years old|
|Height||2.01 m (6 feet 7 inches)|
|Weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Father’s Name||Not available|
|Mother’s Name||Mattie Claybrook Paden|
|Siblings||A half brother|
|Siblings’ Name||Melvin III|
|Wife’s Name||Andrea Pink Butler|
|Kid’s Name||Ava, Mia, Caron Jr., Camary, and Gia Butler|
|Profession||Professional basketball player|
|Position||Small forward/shooting guard|
|League||National Basketball Association (NBA)|
|Net Worth||$26 million|
|Currently Coaches For||Miami Heat|
|Jersey Numbers||4, 1, 5, 3, 2, 31|
|Career Highlights & Awards|
|Social Media||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||Shot Clock (Book), Tuff Juice (Audiobook)|
|Last Update||July 2022|
Early Life, Family & Career
James Caron Butler, popularly known as Caron Butler, was born on March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin. He is the eldest child of Mattie Claybrook Paden.
However, the player says that his father left their family just after he was born and went to work for the Marines.
Caron grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, and had a tough childhood. His mother raised him and his half-brother, Melvin III as a single mother. She worked two different jobs to feed her children.
Even though they were in a very miserable situation, his mother admitted him to Washington Park High School. However, he could not focus on his studies. The financial difficulty of his home had a deep impression on him.
Consequently, he started engaging in illegal activities at a very young age. He had already become an infamous drug dealer at age 15.
Butler was arrested from his high school for possessing a gun and a packet of cocaine at age 14.
He did not go to school for many years and spent a lot of time in different juvenile detention centers. It was in one of these detention centers that he became aware of his basketball abilities. He began playing the sport with other boys there and showed his caliber.
As he spent time away from his mother, he began to feel sorry for her. After getting released from the juvenile center, he joined the Park School again.
He began playing inter-school tournaments and showed much promise. Eventually, Butler left his old ways and came to his senses. As a result, he did good both in studies as well as sports.
After high school, he joined the University of Connecticut and, much later, Duke University for his further studies.
Caron Butler | Career
High School Career
Even though Caron Butler did not have enough time to focus on basketball in his school days, he played high school basketball for Racine Park. While there, he began working upon basic skills and improved in a very short time.
As a result, he played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for about two years in the late 90s. He mostly preferred playing in the small forward position.
However, sometimes, the coaches assigned him the shooting guard position.
Later on, he joined the Maine Central Institute for a brief period. Soon after, Butler received a scholarship from the University of Connecticut to play for the UConn Huskies.
Caron Butler joined the University of Connecticut in 2000 to play college basketball. Even though he had gained quite some weight initially, he soon lost around 15 pounds and regained his pace.
He played excellent in the 2000 NCAA tournament and averaged 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a freshman. He became one of the top point scorers for the Huskies’ first season.
Butler picked up even better form and obtained incredible stats moving onto the second season. Again, he shocked everyone averaging 20.3 and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Consequently, he led his team to win regular-season titles in 2001. In addition, he performed extremely well during the Big East Conference and earned numerous honors.
Eventually, he decided that it was high time to declare for the upcoming NBA draft. So he left his college career two years ahead and went for the draft in 2002.
The Miami Heat selected him as the 2002 NBA draft’s first-round 10th pick. The team trusted him even as a rookie, and he played all seasonal matches and started all of them.
Butler played excellently and finished his first NBA season, averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. As a result, the young player received numerous accolades in his debut season.
However, his second NBA season did not go well. He frequently suffered from injuries and missed many matches. As a result, his stats drastically lowered, and eventually, the Heats traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2004-5 season.
After playing for the whole season, the LA Lakers transferred him to the Washington Wizards, although he performed for them.
Butler played for about five NBA seasons for the Wizards. Being at the prime of the game of his career, he recorded over 15.0 points per game in all the seasons. However, his time with the Wizards did not go untainted with injuries.
He missed many matches in the 2007-08 season due to a hand injury. Eventually, they traded him to the Dallas Mavericks on February 13, 2010. Caron played only one full season with the Mavericks, finally winning a championship ring with them.
During his second season with the Mavericks, he suffered a tendon injury and had to go through surgery before returning to the court.
He played six more NBA seasons following the surgery but could not make significant records. Finally, he announced his retirement from his professional career on February 6, 2018.
After retiring from professional basketball, he joined ESPN as an NBA analyst and overlooked college basketball as well. Moving on, he also worked at FS1 as an analyst.
In addition, he is the author of two books. However, he wrote his first book Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, an autobiography, while he was still actively playing in the league.
Moreover, he has co-written a book named Shot Clock with Justin A. Reynolds, which will soon be released in September 2022.
He finally began working as an assistant coach of the Miami Heats on November 14, 2020.
Caron Butler | Awards & Achievements
Some of his awards and achievements include:
- NBA champion (2011)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)
- Big East Player of The Year (2002)
- NBA All-Star (2007, 2008)
- Third-team All-Big East (2001)
- First-team All-Big East (2002)
Age, Weight & Height
As of 2022, the former NBA champion is 42 of age. He celebrates his birthday every March 13.
Talking about his body measurements, he stands 2.01 meters (6 feet 7 inches) tall and weighs around 228 lb (103 kg).
In addition, he has black-colored hair and dark brown eyes.
Caron Butler | Wife & Kids
Caron Butler is currently married to his long-time girlfriend, Andrea Pink. The two married each other in Las Vegas in 2005.
Butler met Andrea in the early 2000s when he played for the University of Connecticut. Soon they began to see each other and dated for about five years before getting married.
The couple is gifted with three beautiful daughters. Andrea gave birth to their first baby girl, Mia, in 2004, a year before their marriage. She gave birth to their second child, Ava, in 2010.
In addition, they welcomed their youngest daughter, Gia, in 2012. Butler has a son named Caron Jr. and a daughter named Camary from his previous relationship.
Net Worth, Salary & Career Earnings
According to various sources, Caron Butler has an estimated net worth of $26 million.
His current source of earning is coaching the Miami Heat, the popular NBA league’s club. However, he has previously accumulated a lot of wealth as a professional player.
After signing with the Heats in 2002, he received about $1.6 million for his rookie season alone. Then, playing one more for the club, the club paid him approximately $1.8 million.
Moving onto the Washington Wizards, he played nearly four seasons for them. They had offered him around $27.5 million. In addition, he played for about half a dozen other clubs, from which he received about $55 million.
Playing in the NBA for about fifteen years, he accumulated around $85 million from his professional career.
In addition, he made a lot of money through merch sales, brand endorsements, and tv programs. Plus, he also earns through his merch brand “Tuff Juice,” which sells various items such as AirPods, clothes, shoes, etc.
Likewise, he owns various restaurants across the country.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many Burger Kings does Caron Butler own?
The exact number of Burger Kings restaurant Caron owns is quite unknown at present. However, he owned six different restaurants across the USA. It was his dream to open up restaurants since his younger days when he used to work at the Burger Kings.
Where is Caron Butler now?
Butler mostly lives in Miami now. He currently works as an assistant coach of the Miami club, Heats. He resides with his wife, Andrea, and his three daughters there.
How did Caron get his nickname “Tuff Juice”?
Caron got his nickname “Tuff Juice” from the then Washington Wizard’s coach, Eddie Jordan. His teammates started to call him “Tough Juice” because he frequently motivated them for a better game even when he was struggling hard to recover from the injury.
However, he likes his nickname and has even named his merch brand “Tuff juice.”