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Jimmy Butler, considered to be one of the remarkable players in the NBA, has an incredible history, filled with stories of overcoming obstacles, to reach the spot that he is in now. The player is known to have a kind of greatness to him that his teammates love about him. Nicknamed as “Jimmy Buckets,” Butler is a five-time NBA All-Star, a three-time All-NBA Team honoree and a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team honoree. Here are some really interesting things to know about the basketball player:

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  1.  Butler logged his 13th career triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in the 118-110 victory over Sacramento Kings on February 18, 2021, making him the first player in the history of Miami Heat to have scored three consecutive triple-doubles.
  2.  Along with his teammate Bam Adebayo, who scored 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the same match, Butler and Adebayo became the first pair in league history to have registered triple-doubles in the same game more than once.
  3.  He finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in the Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Finals, becoming the third player in Finals history to record a 40+ point triple-double, joining LeBron James and Jerry West.
  4.  With this, he also became the first player to have scored more points, rebounds and assists in a Finals game, than James who held the record with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
  5.  With his performance in the 2020 NBA Finals, he became the second player in a Finals series to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. The first player being Lebron James.
  6.  Jimmy Butler III was born on September 14, 1989 to Londa Butler in Houston, Texas. When he was just an infant, his father abandoned the family.
  7.  His mother raised him as a single mother in the Houston suburb of Tomball, but when he was around 13 years old, she kicked him out of the house, saying “I don't like the look of you. You gotta go.”
  8.  This left him staying in his friends’ houses for a few weeks at a time, before moving, as he did not want to burden his friends’ families.
  9.  Despite all this, he has actually mended his relationship with his parents, and once claimed in an interview that he still talks to his father as well his mother and that his family loves each other in their own way.
  10.  Once there were rumors on different social media sites that his biological father is the basketball legend Michael Jordan, but the rumors have been long gone.
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  12.  He went to the Tomball High School, where he was a part of their basketball team. It was here, that he met his close friend Jordan Leslie, for the first time.
  13.  In his junior year, he scored an average of 10 points per game, while as a captain in his senior year, he scored an average of 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He was the Most Valuable Player of his team in his senior year.
  14.  Leslie, who played football and basketball as a freshman, challenged Butler to a three-point shooting contest, which paved way for their friendship.
  15.  Just as Leslie learned about Butler’s situation, his family opened their home for Butler. Although with seven children, Leslie’s mother and stepfather were hesitant, they did not turn him away. Butler began staying with them in a few months.
  16.  Talking about it, Butler said in an interview that the Leslie family accepted him into their family and it was not because of basketball. He added that Leslie’s mother Michelle Lambert was a very loving person who would things like this.
  17.  He attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, where as a freshman, he scored an average of 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
  18.  He accepted an athletic scholarship for Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where in his sophomore year he averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while recording a free-throw percentage of 76.8%.
  19.  As a Junior, he moved into the starting lineup, scoring an average of 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Butler also earned the All-Big East Honorable Mention honors.
  20.  In his senior year, during the 2010-11 season, he scored an average of 15.7 points per game, while earning the All-Big East Honorable Mention for the second straight year.
  21.  He is close friends with Mark Wahlberg, whom he met in Chicago, while the actor was filming “Tranformers: Age of Extinction.” The duo have been on a vacation to Paris together.
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  23.  Being a country music lover, he is a fan of Luke Bryan, and was featured in the music video of “Light It Up,” the first single from Bryan’s 2017 album “What Makes You Country.”
  24.  He was initially voted to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, but due to his knee injury, he was replaced by Pau Gasol in the East team. He missed 11 games before returning for the match against the Houston Rockets on March 5, 2016.
  25.  However, due to his back soreness and swelling in the left knee, he returned to the sidelines on the match against Milwaukee Bucks on March 7, 2016. He again missed three games, before returning for March 14th match against the Toronto Raptors.
  26.  He was in a relationship with Kaitlyn Nowak and the couple has a daughter – Rylee born in October 2019. Butler missed the first three games of the 2019–20 NBA season due to the birth of his daughter.
  27.  Before this, he dated Charmaine Piula, a marketing representative for Auto-Owners Insurance, in the year 2015. The relationship did not last long, as both of them did not have enough time for each other.
  28.  In the year 2016, he was spotted with actress Shay Mitchell on multiple occasions, which led to speculations of the duo being in a relationship. But, both the stars refused to comment on their relationship.
  29.  There were also reports of Butler spending a considerable amount of time in Los Angeles with Mitchell, but very less time with his teammates in Chicago. However, if there had been any relationship, it did not last long.
  30.  He opened his own coffee shop in the NBA Bubble, which he operated out of his hotel room using his French press coffee brewer, charging $20 per cup.
  31.  In the Game 5 of 2020 NBA Finals, he scored 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals, becoming the first player to have registered 35+ points, 10+ rebounds, 10+ assists and 5+ steals in a Finals game.
  32.  Butler also became the second player to have reached such stats in the history of NBA playoff, only after Gary Payton who scored it in the year 2000.
  33.  Jimmy Butler Net Worth: $27.6 Million

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