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Former JUCO Player Jimmy Butler Named NBA All-Star

By Brad Winton, 01/30/15, 11:30AM EST


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Jimmy Butler has had a long, winding road to NBA success. The former Tyler JC G/SF was selected as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. At Tyler (2007-08), Butler averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and was named an Honorable Mention NJCAA D1 All-American.

Butler only played one season of junior college before transferring to Marquette, where he played three more years of college basketball. At Marquette, Butler had plenty of success and was named Honorable Mention All Big East as a senior.

According to a recent ESPN article, Butler was homeless at age 13 before he moved in with some friends and never even took an official visit to Marquette. He faxed his National Letter of Intent from McDonald’s. Here is a link to the article which is a must-read if you want learn more about Butler’s path: ESPN Jimmy Butler Article

Butler was drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls with the 30th overall pick. Since being drafted, Butler has improved drastically ever year and is averaging 20.1 points and 6 rebounds per game this season.

Butler being selected as an All-Star brought up another discussion about how many junior college transfers have played in an NBA All-Star Game. Here’s a look at our list: JUCO Players to Play in NBA All-Star Game

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