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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Marquette G/F Jimmy Butler

WEEI.com [1] continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics [2] to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Jimmy Butler

Position: Guard/forward

School: Marquette

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 220 pounds

Stats: 15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg

What he brings: Butler does not have one particular part of his game that will blow anyone away, but he is a solid all-around player. He is very versatile as he can play guard and forward, but he will, in all likelihood, be a guard in the NBA. He is most known for being an active defender and understanding the game well. He has a good mid-range game but needs to work on his 3-point shooting. He also posts up well for a guy of his size but does struggle with creating his own shot.

Where the Celtics could get him: First round (or second)

What they’re saying: ‘€œHe’s the smartest player I’ve ever coached.’€ ‘€” Marquette coach Buzz Williams [3]

Notes: Butler was an All-Big East Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011. He helped lead Marquette to the Sweet 16 [4] in the 2011 NCAA [5] Tournament. He was a Junior College All-American at Tyler (Texas) JC in 2007-08.

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