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Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Caron Butler's season

Grading Caron Butler’s 2013-14 season with the Thunder.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 11, 2014

Leadership: A. Here is where Butler was as good as advertised. Jeremy Lamb got bumped, then knocked out of the rotation by Butler’s arrival and still couldn’t help but credit Butler for having a positive impact on his season. That pretty much sums up what kind of presence Butler was. He immediately connected with young players and created bonds with the veterans. He was a great fit from that standpoint.

Professionalism: B. Another area in which Butler’s reputation preceded him. For the most part, he lived up to the hype. He was great with fans, complementary of the city, terrific with teammates and a joy to the media. But he left town on a bad note. He was one of only two Thunder players — rookie Grant Jerrett was excused because he never saw the court with the Thunder — to not sit down for an exit interview with the media. Team officials said it was a miscommunication on their part. But it looked bad for Butler, especially after the way his final game in a Thunder uniform played out.