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Jimmy Butler Height: 6 feet 7 inches
Jimmy Butler Wingspan: 6 feet 7 inches
Jimmy Butler Vertical Jump: 44 inches
When the Chicago Bulls drafted Jimmy Butler with the 30th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, they knew they were getting a player with great potential. What they may not have known, however, was that Butler possessed one of the highest vertical leaps in the league.
His athleticism was on full display during his rookie season when he averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game. He also recorded a 44-inch vertical leap during the NBA Draft Combine – good for first place among all participants.
Since then, Butler has continued to use his leaping ability to his advantage on both ends of the court. He’s become one of the best defenders in the league, routinely disrupting opponents’ shots at the rim and forcing them into tough shots from outside. Butler has also turned himself into a threat from deep. In the 2016–17 season, Butler became the first player in NBA history to record at least two steals, two blocks and a three-pointer in a single game.
Butler is known for his aggressive style of play on both ends of the court. Butler is also a proficient free throw shooter, averaging over 90% from the line in his career. He has led the league in foul shooting percentage twice and ranked among the top 10 in eight seasons. Butler is a three-time All-Star and was named the 2015–16 NBA Most Improved Player, after leading all players in player efficiency rating (PER), becoming the first Bull to win the award since Michael Jordan. Butler was born in Gary, Indiana and attended Michigan City High School. He played for the Spartans basketball team as well as the swim team. Butler was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2005 after leading Michigan City to the Class 4A state championship. He was named First Team All-State and First Team All-District as a junior, and Second Team All-State and First Team All-District in his senior year. Butler was a McDonald’s All-American and an Indiana Mr. Basketball finalist in his senior year of high school, but decided to attend the University of Kansas to play college basketball.