Rasual Butler (May 23, 1979 – January 31, 2018) was an American professional basketball player. In his 14-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career, he played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. He was born in Philadelphia, and raised in the Point Breeze area of South Philadelphia. After playing college basketball at La Salle, he was drafted in second round of the 2002 NBA draft by the Heat.
Butler in 2009
|Born||May 23, 1979|
|Died||January 31, 2018 (aged 38)|
Studio City, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Roman Catholic|
|College||La Salle (1998–2002)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|Number||45, 8, 18, 12|
|2005–2009||New Orleans / Charlotte Hornets|
|2009–2011||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2015–2016||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rasual Butler played his college career with the La Salle Explorers. He became the sixth Explorer to score over 2,000 points, and at the time of his induction into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes, he ranked fourth among the Explorer's all-time scorers (2,125). He was named to First Team All-Atlantic 10 (2001, 2002) and was selected to the Verizon Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship All-Tournament team in 2002. He was inducted into the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 2008. 
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Butler was selected by the Miami Heat, with the 53rd pick of the 2002 NBA draft. After three seasons, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the largest trade in NBA history. The four-team trade involved the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Utah Jazz, and featured 13 players, most notably Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey.
His outside shooting was considered to be his greatest strength, shooting 36 percent over the course of his career and even 46 percent (50 total) during the 2003–04 season from behind the three-point line. His career-high total were 134 made three-point shots (37 percent) during the 2006–07 NBA season.
During the 2007–08 regular season (still with the New Orleans Hornets), he averaged 17 minutes of action, 4.9 points and 2 rebounds per game while coming mostly from the bench.
On August 12, 2009, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Butler by trading a conditional 2016 second round draft pick. He was waived by the Clippers on February 28, 2011, and signed with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2011.
On December 10, 2011 Butler signed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors. He was waived by the Raptors on March 23, 2012. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 13 minutes of action in 34 games.
On January 18, 2013, Butler joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. He was subsequently named the 2013 Impact player of the Year which is awarded to a player who joined an NBA D-League team midway through the season and made the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition.
On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Washington Wizards. After an impressive preseason and a fractured wrist suffered by Bradley Beal, Butler made the final team prior to the start of the 2014–15 season. Within six regular season games, he was a force off the bench as he cemented a role under coach Randy Wittman.
On January 31, 2018, Butler and his girlfriend, singer Leah LaBelle, were killed instantly in a car accident in Studio City, California, after he lost control of his Range Rover while traveling at over 60mph on Ventura Boulevard and crashed violently into a strip mall parking lot. Their bodies were cremated and Rasual's ashes were given to his adult daughter Raven. Autopsy reports showed traces of methamphetamine, oxycodone and marijuana in Butler's body, and a blood alcohol content of 0.118.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|2005–06||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||79||20||23.7||.406||.380||.693||2.9||.5||.4||.6||8.7|
|2006–07||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||81||38||27.4||.398||.369||.644||3.2||.8||.5||.7||10.1|
- Neubeck, Kyle. "Former La Salle star Rasual Butler dead at 38 following car crash". Philly Voice. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
- "2002 NBA Draft". NBADraft.net. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- Reynolds, Tim (August 2, 2005). "Walker to Heat in five-team, 13-player megadeal". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- "Rasual Butler 2003-04 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Rasual Butler 2006-07 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Rasual Butler 2007-08 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Clippers Acquire Rasual Butler From New Orleans". NBA.com. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
- "CLIPPERS WAIVE BUTLER". NBA.com. February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- "BULLS SIGN FREE AGENT RASUAL BUTLER". NBA.com. March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- "CB Gran Canaria lands former Bulls Rasual Butler". Sportando.com. August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- "Raptors Sign Free Agent Forward Rasual Butler". NBA.com. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
- "Raptors waive Rasual Butler". ESPN.com. March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "Tulsa Acquires Guard Rasual Butler". OurSportsCentral.com. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- "Tulsa's Rasual Butler Earns 2013 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year Award". NBA.com. April 19, 2013. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- Scott Agness [@ScottAgness] (September 27, 2013). "Pacers have officially signed @RasualButler45 and Hilton Armstrong. They'll have 17 in camp. Full roster:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Pacers sign Hilton Armstrong". Sportando.com. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- "Rasual Butler 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- "Wizards Sign Six for Training Camp". NBA.com. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Rasual Butler's stunning resurgence leads to guaranteed contract". WashingtonPost.com. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2015-16 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- "SPURS WAIVE RASUAL BUTLER". NBA.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "TIMBERWOLVES ANNOUNCE 2016-17 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- "TIMBERWOLVES WAIVE BUTLER, MURRY". NBA.com. October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
- "TRADE ALERT: Power acquires Rasual Butler From Ball Hogs". Big3.com. July 25, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- Whitaker, Land (April 17, 2006). "NBA Antics". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2006.
- "'Khloe & Lamar' Star Rasual Butler & Wife Leah LaBelle Killed In Car Crash". OK! Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
- Bloom, Tracy (January 31, 2018). "Ex-L.A. Clippers Player Rasual Butler, Wife Killed in Violent, High-Speed Crash in Studio City". KTLA. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- "Rasual Butler, Leah LaBelle Had Meth, Alcohol in Systems at Time of Death". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
- "Rasual Butler Stats". Basketball Reference. Retrieved February 1, 2018.