Former NBA Player, Entrepreneur and TV Analyst
Caron Butler is a 15-year NBA veteran, two-time All-Star and a member of 2011 Dallas Mavericks championship winning team. In October of 2015, Butler released his first book, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, where he shares his incredible journey from the streets of Racine to success in the NBA. From a young gang member and drug dealer to a dedicated community leader, accomplished professional athlete, burgeoning businessman and devoted philanthropist, Butler overcame adversity to defy all odds.
After a stellar college career at the University of Connecticut, Butler was taken with the 10th overall pick of the 2002 draft by the Miami Heat. After two seasons in Miami, Butler was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent a year playing with Kobe Bryant before he was traded to the Washington Wizards. Butler made a big mark in the nation’s capital, helping lead the team to three playoff appearances while being selected to two All Star games. Butler was traded in the middle of the 2009-10 season to Dallas, where he would pick up a championship in his second year. Butler then signed with the Los Angeles Clippers and helped a franchise revitalization that included back-to-back playoff appearances. Butler returned to his home state to play for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14 but finished the year with the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team lost a narrow Western Conference Finals series that year. Butler spent his last two season’s serving as the statesman and role model for young Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings teams.
Butler is extremely active with organizations that specialize in youth outreach, particularly in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin. In addition to his extensive philanthropy efforts, Butler owns multiple businesses and has plans to own an NBA team in the future.
Above all else, Butler is a proud father and dedicated husband. His motto is “family first” and exemplifies that though his unwavering commitment to his wife Andrea and three daughters with Andrea, Mia, Ava and Gia and two children Camary and Caron Jr. from a previous