Caron Butler

American professional basketball coach and former player

Caron Butler
American professional basketball coach Source: Google

James Caron Butler, a former player and current assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, is an American.

Early Life, Family

On March 13, 1980, James Caron Butler, also known by his stage name Caron Butler, was born in Racine, Wisconsin. He is the oldest child of Mattie Claybrook Paden.

The player, however, claims that his father left his family soon after he was born and joined the Marines.

Caron had a difficult upbringing in Racine, Wisconsin. His mother was a single mother who raised him and his half-brother Melvin III. She took on two jobs to provide for her family.


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His mother permitted him to enroll in Washington Park High School despite their dire situation. Butler was unable to concentrate on his studies, though. The financial struggles of his family had a significant impact on him.

At the age of 14, Butler was detained from his high school for having a gun and a packet of cocaine.

For many years, he skipped school and spent a lot of time in juvenile detention facilities. He discovered his basketball skills in one of these detention facilities. With other boys there, he started playing the sport and demonstrated his talent.

Butler started competing in interschool competitions and displayed a lot of promise.

He continued his education after high school at Duke University and, much later, the University of Connecticut.

High School Career

Caron Butler played basketball for Racine Park in high school despite not having enough time to dedicate to it while he was in school. He started working on fundamental skills while there and quickly made progress.

He consequently spent about two years in the late 1990s playing basketball in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). His preferred position to play was small forward.

But occasionally, the coaches will put him as a shooting guard.

Later, he briefly served as an employee of the Maine Central Institute. The University of Connecticut soon after awarded Butler a scholarship to play for the UConn Huskies.

College Career

In order to play college basketball, Caron Butler joined the University of Connecticut in 2000. Despite the fact that he initially put on quite a bit of weight, he soon shed about 15 pounds and picked up his pace.

He performed admirably in the 2000 NCAA tournament, averaging 7.6 rebounds and 15.3 points per game as a rookie.

Butler improved even more as the second season went on, compiling amazing stats. Additionally, he excelled in the Big East Conference and received numerous honors.

He finally came to the conclusion that it was time to declare for the upcoming NBA draft. He, therefore, ended his college career two years early and entered the 2002 draft.

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Professional Career

The Miami Heat selected him in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft. Even as a rookie, the team trusted him, and he participated in every seasonal game and started everyone.

Butler had a fantastic first NBA season, finishing with averages of 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The young player consequently won numerous awards in his first season.

His statistics significantly declined as a result, and the Miami Heat eventually dealt him to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2004–05 campaign.

Butler played for the Wizards for about five NBA seasons.  His time with the Wizards was not, however, without incident.

Sadly, he missed a lot of games in the 2007–2008 season due to a hand injury. With the Mavericks, where Caron spent just one season, he finally captured a championship ring.

He sustained a tendon injury during his second campaign with the Mavericks, underwent surgery, and then made his courtside comeback.

He played in the NBA for six more seasons after the operation, but he was unable to set any notable records. Finally, he declared that he was leaving his professional career on February 6, 2018.

Post-NBA Career

He joined ESPN as an NBA analyst after quitting the professional game and ignoring college basketball. He was an analyst at FS1, to continue.

Caron has also written two other books. However, he wrote his first book, an autobiography titled Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, while he was still a professional basketball player.

Additionally, he co-authored Shot Clock with Justin A. Reynolds, which will be released in September 2022.

Awards & Achievements

  • 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

In 2022, the prior NBA champion will be 42 years old.

His height is 2.01 meters (roughly 6 feet 7 inches), and he weighs around 228 lb (103 kg).


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Wife & Kids

Caron Butler’s longtime girlfriend Andrea Pink is now his wife. The couple wed in Las Vegas in 2005.

Butler first met Andrea when she played for the University of Connecticut in the early 2000s. They soon began dating and were together for about five years before getting married.


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The couple was blessed with three beautiful daughters. In 2004, the year before they were married, Andrea gave birth to their first child, a girl named Mia. She gave birth to Ava, their second child, in 2010.

Their smallest daughter, Gia, was also born in 2012. Butler has a son named Caron Sr. and a daughter named Camary from a previous union.


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Net Worth

A number of sources estimate Caron Butler’s net worth to be $26 million.

His current source of income is by managing the Miami Heat, a renowned NBA team. He has, however, amassed a sizable fortune as a professional player.

He received about $1.6 million for just his rookie season after joining the Heats in 2002. Then, after he played one more game for the team, the club paid him about $1.8 million.

He then played for the Washington Wizards for almost four seasons. They had made him a bid of about $27.5 million.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where is Caron Butler right now?

Butler now primarily resides in Miami. He is currently employed by Miami’s Heats as an assistant coach. His three daughters, his wife Andrea, and all live there.

Why was Caron given the nickname “Tuff Juice”?

Eddie Jordan, the then-coach of the Washington Wizards, gave Caron the moniker “Tuff Juice.” Because he consistently inspired them to play better even as he struggled to recover from the injury, his teammates began referring to him as “Tough Juice.”

Quick Facts

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
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign  Pisces
Age 42 years old
Height 2.01 m (6 feet 7 inches)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark brown
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Not available
Mother’s Name Mattie Claybrook Paden
Siblings A half brother
Siblings’ Name Melvin III
  • Washington Park High School (Racine, Wisconsin)
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut)
  • Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Wife’s Name Andrea Pink Butler
Kids Five
Kid’s Name Ava, Mia, Caron Jr., Camary, and Gia Butler
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Profession Professional basketball player
NBA Draft 2002
Position Small forward/shooting guard
League  National Basketball Association (NBA)
Active Years (2002–present)
Net Worth $26 million
Currently Coaches For Miami Heat
Jersey Numbers 4, 1, 5, 3, 2, 31
Career Highlights & Awards
  • NBA champion (2011)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)
  • Big East Player of The Year (2002)
  • NBA All-Star (2007, 2008)
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