NBA Draft

Jared Butler

Scouting Report

Butler was closing in on being a lottery selection after helping lead Baylor to the national championship but he is now a major risk after being flagged under the fitness-to-play protocols at the recent NBA combine.
Butler reportedly has a heart condition and a three-person panel will make a ruling on whether or not he can play in the NBA next season.
The situation certainly will affect Butler's status because even if he is cleared, teams will have to decide how big a risk it would be to use a first-round pick on Butler.
Butler played like a solid first-round selection for Baylor as he averaged 16.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds last season and was a unanimous first-team All-American. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and scored 22 points in the NCAA title game when the Bears mauled Gonzaga.
Butler, who turns 21 in August, made 41.6 percent of 3-point attempts so he'll fit in quickly as a long-range NBA shooter. He is a tenacious player who recorded a team-best 59 steals and forced many other turnovers.
Butler also is highly intelligent and the Big 12 named him the men's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the conference.
Positives: Was the best player on a team that won the NCAA Tournament and exudes high expectations. Can knock down long-range jumpers as well as unselfishly feed players the ball at the right spot. Butler's intelligence level and basketball IQ would help him challenge for a starting spot early in his career.
Negatives: Heart conditions are nothing to be taking lightly as the past deaths of players like Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis are constant reminders for all teams. His minutes might have to be monitored closely if he is cleared to play in the league next season. Committed seven turnovers three times so can be prone to high-miscue performances.
--Field Level Media

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