The 2021 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Jared Butler 2021 NBA Draft Profile.
Jared Butler Background
Position: Point Guard
Size: 6-foot-3, 193 pounds
2020-21 stats: 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.4 blocks, 2.0 steals, 47.1% FG, 41.6% 3PT, 78.0% FT
Butler had a storybook college career and is now looking to go to the next level. He is one of many talented point guards in the 2021 NBA Draft.
As a four-star point guard out of Louisiana, Butler decided to play for Baylor in college. He averaged 10.2 points and 2.7 assists as a freshman. He helped Baylor make the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Butler improved as a sophomore to average 16 points and 3.1 assists per game. The Bears looked poised for success in the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was canceled because of COVID. Butler decided to return for his junior season and averaged 16.7 points and 4.8 assists per game. His play led Baylor to a National Championship to end his college career.
Following a great college career, Butler has decided to take his talents to the NBA. He is currently projected to be a late first or early second round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Butler is a great shooter, whether it is off the dribble or the catch. He improved as a 3-point shooter every season at Baylor and finished last season at 41.6 percent from deep. Defenders will have to stay attached to him, because he can be lethal from deep. His good shooting also includes the mid-range and he knocks down over 78 percent of his free throws.
He is a great on-ball defender. Butler stays attached to his man and stays in front to stop dribble penetration. His defensive awareness is also great, as he is able to play good help defense. Butler also produces steals by jumping passing lanes. He averaged 2.0 steals per game as a junior. It may be hard for him to switch on to bigger players, but his perimeter defense against most guards is solid.
During his time at Baylor, Butler had to learn to share the ball with other good guards. He has good awareness and sets up his teammates well. Butler should be able to operate the pick and roll well. His ability to set up teammates or play off the ball makes him a versatile offensive guard.
Because of his size, Butler is not a player that is effective near the rim. He doesn’t finish well at the basket and mainly penetrates the defense to set other players up. His athleticism limits him from being able to finish over defenders.
As mentioned, he is good at defense on the perimeter, but he can get caught in some mismatches. He will not be able to match up with forwards and centers because he isn’t the biggest player. Teams will have to switch on pick and rolls with Butler on the floor.
He is a skilled player, but Butler doesn’t have great athleticism. Butler struggles to finish at the rim and to get by his man at times, which makes him settle for jumpers. This could also effect him at the defensive end of the floor, as NBA athletes may be able to get by him.
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