Caron Butler to Sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Jan 31, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks small forward Caron Butler (3) shoots a free throw against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

According to Brian Windhorst, veteran small forward, Caron Butler is set to join Oklahoma City, once he clears waivers on Saturday.

At 34-years-old, it is understandable that Butler wants to spend his remaining years in the league chasing a championship. While he did win one as a member of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, Butler never even played a minute of playoff action, due to a torn ACL.

On Thursday, he reached a buyout agreement with the Bucks and was waived. In 34 games with Milwaukee, he’s averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. While trying to showcase himself for contenders, Butler has scored 17+ points in four of his last 10 games.

While Butler’s three-point percentage has gone up to 36 percent, compared to his career average of 34 percent, he’s shooting a career-low 39 percent from the field this season.

Playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will undoubtedly create easier scoring opportunities than playing with O.J. Mayo and  Brandon Knight did.

Butler helps to provide veteran depth on the perimeter and despite the injuries that have plagued him in recent-seasons, he gives Scott Brooks a player capable of providing valuable minutes in the postseason. Butler also helps to alleviate some of the responsibility off the shoulders of Jeremy Lamb, who has never played in a playoff game.

While Butler will get less scoring opportunities with the Thunder, those looks figure to be more efficient shots than the one’s that he was typically getting with the Bucks.

At first glance, his shooting numbers might not be all that impressive but Butler has an effective field goal percentage of 54.6 percent on above the break three-pointers, 52.7 percent on corner three’s and 40.5 percent on mid-range jumpers, per NBA.com.

Here is a look at Butler’s shot chart for the season, courtesy of NBA.com:

Shotchart_1393607804882According to hoop stats.com, Oklahoma City’s bench is scoring 31.2 points per game, which ranks 16th among bench units. The addition of Butler will not only improve that number but provides the team with a proven defender as well.

Caron Butler may not be the difference between the Thunder winning the championship, but the boost that he provides this team could be significant enough to earn Durant and Westbrook their first title.

 

 

 

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